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Frantz Discusses Iowa’s Nurse Residency Program with RWJF

Dean Frantz

Iowa Nurses Build Affordable, Online Nurse Residency Program

Nurses from all across Iowa will be able to enroll.

By Allison Stevens | RWJF Media | 3/14/2014

Nurse residency programs have been touted as a way to reduce turnover among new graduate nurses. But many health care facilities, especially smaller ones in rural areas, cannot afford to launch costly programs to help new nurses transition into clinical practice.

A nursing task force in Iowa, comprised of nurse leaders in acute care, long-term care, and education, as well as new nurse graduates and student nurses, has developed an innovative solution: an online nurse residency program that all health care facilities in the state—and potentially across the country—can use for a modest fee.

The task force was organized by the Iowa Action Coalition. There are 51 Action Coalitions around the country—state-level groups of nurses, educators, health leaders, and others who are working to transform health care through nursing. They are the driving force behind the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national effort backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP that is working to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) future of nursing report.

“Iowa needs residency programs that can be accessed by critical-access hospitals and other smaller nurse employers that cannot put resources in to building nurse residency programs in their own facilities,” said Rita Frantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing and co-lead of the Iowa Action Coalition.

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Mar 20th, 2014