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Authors

  1. Linscheid, Nancy J. MSN, RN, COS-C
  2. Bell, Dennia J. MSN, RN

Abstract

UnityPoint at Home launched a Nurse Residency Program to attract newly licensed registered nurses to begin their career in home healthcare. The program broadened recruitment options by providing new graduates with a dedicated program to ease transition into the workforce, and allowed us to cultivate relationships with regional nursing education programs. Since its inception 3 years ago, the residency program has expanded to several organizational regions and added a hospice track. The 1-year retention rate is 93%, and for those who entered the program 2 or more years ago, the retention rate is 89%. The purpose of this article is to describe the journey of UnityPoint at Home's Nurse Residency Program, from development of the pilot to integration in several organizational regions.