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  1. Shinners, Jean PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN
  2. Africa, Larissa MBA, BSN, RN
  3. Meyer, Donna MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN


As the new graduate nurse transitions from academia to practice, they commit to lifelong learning to enhance their professional and personal growth. This article provides a comparison between bachelor of science in nursing and associate degree nursing nurses who participated in a multisite national nurse residency program between 2015 and 2019 in areas of professional development, leadership, and academic progression during their initial 3 years of practice. It also provides nursing professional development practitioners with strategies from two national experts to support new graduate nurses during early practice.