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American Family Children's Hospital

Nurse Residency Program

Residency Comments

“I have been very happy with the residency program. It has relieved the great anxiety of coming from a theory-based BSN program.”


“I am a better nurse because of the residency program. I love my job and attribute that in part to this program.”


“I feel this position would have been overwhelming had I not had the residency program to help me.”

Expectations and Results

As a participant in the program, you will agree to:
  • Commit to employment with UW Health for a minimum of two years
  • Adhere to all institutional guidelines as a member of the professional nursing staff
  • Participate actively in learning experiences

Outcome instruments are completed on hire, at 6 months, and at 12 months in the program. Nurse Residents have demonstrated a significant increase over time in communication, leadership, and an ability to organize and prioritize cares. They have also experienced a decrease in perceived stress over the year.


Since implementing the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program in 2004, UW Health has experienced a significant improvement in retention of new graduate nurses.


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