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For Immediate Release March 15, 2018

A $1.8 million grant will fund the expansion of a program to help new nurses succeed in their first year of employment, according to the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL).

The Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative, currently underway in 24 hospitals across the state, is an innovative collaboration between MONL, Vizient (formerly the University Health System Consortium) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The nurse residency is a 12-month program that supports newly graduated nurses in their development as professional members of the health care team through leadership development, career planning, guidance from nurse experts, online training materials, onsite education and more.

“With many older nurses leaving the workforce due to retirement and other reasons, it’s now more important than ever to make sure newly graduated nurses are nurtured and supported in their first year,” said Sherry Perkins, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, University of Maryland Capital Region Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of the Collaborative. “The Collaborative is proving successful at doing just that, with a graduate retention rate of 96 percent in its first year. Expanding this kind of success to all of Maryland’s 47 acute care hospitals will help ensure that patients across the state get the care they need from qualified, confident nurses.”

“The newly graduated RN is often unprepared for the complexity and demanding nature of the profession. Like in other professions such as medicine, planned nurse residency programs support newly licensed nurses during their first year of practice in applying their knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality patient care. The grant will support innovative educational strategies by providing curriculum and tools in an online format to expand this program to smaller or more rural hospitals throughout the state, thereby allowing all newly licensed nurses entering the hospital setting to participate,” said Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, Executive Director of the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing.

The grant comes from Maryland’s Who Will Care fund, started in 2009 to double the number of nurses graduating from Maryland nursing programs. That campaign collected $16.9 million from 450 individual and corporate donors; more than $15.1 million was used to award 43 grants to 25 nurse education programs for faculty development, supplemental instruction and tutoring, state-of-the-art simulation facilities, and programs helping minority and male students become nurses. The number of graduates peaked at the targeted goal of 3,000 in the 2014-2015 academic year.

With all grants completed in 2016, the Who Will Care fund’s oversight committee and donors approved using the remaining funds to expand the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative,

viewing the program as an appropriate next step in strengthening the nurse workforce in Maryland. “This investment builds on the success of Maryland’s nurse residency program and will provide greater access to the program for new graduate nurses in all of Maryland’s hospitals; MONL is to be commended for their unwavering leadership in supporting all nurses to provide high-quality, safe patient care,” said Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, Co-convener, Maryland Action Coalition, and Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing.

The Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL) is a non-profit organization established exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. In existence for over 30 years, MONL began as the Society of Nurse Administrators, evolved into the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, and ultimately merged with the Maryland Organization of Nurse Managers. Our membership consists of nurse leaders in a variety of key positions from across the state, representing most acute care hospitals and numerous other healthcare entities in Maryland.  For more information visit: https://mdonl.nursingnetwork.com