UW Hospital and Clinics Nurse Residency Program Receives Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationMadison, Wisconsin - UW Hospital and Clinics has become one of only nine programs in the nation to receive accreditation of its Nurse Residency Program (NRP).


Since initiating the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing national NRP at UWHC in 2004, there have been many positive outcomes, including a reduction in turnover and statistically significant improvements in adjustment to the RN role, organization/prioritization and communication and leadership skills. Nurse residents have consistently rated the NRP high in their evaluations at the end of the year, and more than 690 nurses have successfully completed the program.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is the standard-setting organization for post-baccalaureate NRPs. CCNE began accrediting NRPs in 2008, and UWHC began preparing to seek accreditation shortly thereafter. The CCNE process consists of the following components:

  • Review of the program's mission, goals and expected outcomes
  • Assessment of the performance of the program in achieving its mission, goals and expected outcomes through effective implementation and utilization of resources
  • Review of evidence for how the program is meeting each of the key elements within the accreditation standards
  • Site visit by CCNE to validate the program outcomes reported by UWHC in a self-study document

During UWHC's site visit in October 2011, the surveyors met with more than 70 people including: hospital administration, current and previous nurse residents, preceptors, Clinical Nurse Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Education Specialists, presenters in the NRP, members of the NRP Advisory Committee and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing faculty.


After sharing their perceptions of our program with UWHC, the survey team submitted their report to the CCNE board for review. The CCNE board awarded the UWHC NRP accreditation during their April 2012 meeting. UWHC's accreditation term is five years, the maximum duration awarded. The NRP's success at UWHC is due to the ongoing support by staff at all levels to welcome and nurture new-to-practice nurses as they begin their nursing career here.

Date Published: 07/05/2012

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