Critical Care Nurse Residency Program Enhances Nursing Recruitment and Retention

Author(s): Cindy Malinowski, MN, RN, CCRN, and Monica Brower, MSN, RN, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.02

CERP B 1.02

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Education

Role: Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The traditional 10- to 12-week critical care orientation may not adequately prepare the graduate nurse (GN), representing the majority of applicants for critical care nursing positions. High rates of nursing turnover and early burnout are evidence of that. In this session, the facilitators describe the development and implementation of a 24-week Critical Care Nurse Residency program to meet the orientation needs unique to the GN. The outcomes on recruitment and retention are described.


  • List strategies for the implementation of a cost-effective Critical Care Nurse Residency program.
  • Identify stakeholders to ensure Critical Care Nurse Residency program support.
  • Discuss blended learning strategies to supplement essentials of critical care orientation (ECCO) in the development of a Critical Care Nurse Residency program.

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.02 contact hours.

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