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About the Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency Program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is an evidence-based, 12-month program aimed at assisting new graduate nurses in the transition from academics to practice. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center partners with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, which operates at more than 350 healthcare organizations nationwide.

Since its establishment in 2002 through 2017, more than 72,000 new graduate nurses have participated in the program. Notably, The Institute of Medicine recently published The Future of Nursing report identifying actionable measures that will transform the nursing profession – specifically highlighting the importance of nurse residency programs for nurses entering the transition-to-practice. To date, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program has reduced turnover rates among first-year nurses achieving an average retention rate of 95%, exceeding the national average of 75%.