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Nurse Residency Programs: A Solution to Future Nursing Shortages


Vlog with Dr. Stacey Kram
Associate Professor and Faculty and Health Sciences Outreach Coordinator, APU

Note: This blog article originally appeared on Online Learning Tips.

In the near future, the nursing field could face a shortage of qualified and experienced registered nurses. A 2017 study found that there may be a vacancy rate of up to one million nurses by 2025. At the same time, up to 61% of newly licensed nurses leave the profession after the first year, leaving a sizeable gap in the nursing workforce.

In this vlog, Faculty and Health Sciences Outreach Coordinator Stacey Kram explains the critical need for nurse residency programs to help nurses transition into practice and to ensure greater patient safety and positive patient outcomes. She also describes the benefits of nurse residency programs and what they should accomplish.

About the Speaker

Stacey Kram, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, PCCN serves in both academics and health outreach in the School of Health Sciences at APUDr. Kram completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Salisbury University and has been a nurse for 15 years, and in education for nine years. Her clinical experience is primary care of critically ill adults and their families. Prior to joining the university, Dr. Kram worked as a Nurse Manager for a novice nurse residency program within a community hospital system on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Dr. Kram also served in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps as a First Lieutenant with the 2290th USAH at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for three years.