Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Joseph Burkard, DNSc, CRNA, AACN Health Policy Fellow

Second Advisor

Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC


Utilizing Post Graduate Residency Program in New Graduate Nurse Practitioners to Improve Clinical Outcomes.

by LaShaunda R Jethro

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role across the continuum of patient care continues to evolve, and the APRN continues to play a significant part in sustaining the current healthcare system and controlling the rising incidence of mortality and medical cost. While a substantial amount of evidence demonstrates that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are expert healthcare providers, some studies also report that many new NPs fail to be confident in their capability to undertake the NP role and attend to increasing patient loads. Some school of thought posits that post-graduate residency programs support new nurse practitioners to transition successfully to new specialties and provides them with chances to learn effective management skills and affirm their confidence as they take on their new roles. The DNP Essential VIII emphasizes the vital role of the APRN as a leader with creative clinical knowledge to solve various clinical problems using evidence-based research to improve health outcomes. Fulfilling the above role is the reason for this clinical inquiry. Therefore, this white paper focuses on establishing whether post-graduate residency programs increase Nurse Practitioners' clinical outcomes.

Keywords: post-graduate residency programs for NPs; effects of post-graduate residency programs on NPs; clinical outcomes of post-graduate residency programs.

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