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  1. Garrison, Frank W. DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
  2. Dearmon, Valorie DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Graves, Rebecca J. PhD, NP-C


Our hospital implemented its original NRP in response to a 2014 nursing vacancy rate of 17% and a turnover rate of 37%. We needed a solution to provide immediate relief from our nursing shortage, but a policy was in place that prohibited hiring nurses with less than 2 years of experience. The CNO and management team decided to revise the policy to allow the hiring of NGRNs contingent on their completion of an NRP, which the hospital quickly developed and implemented.