Monday, December 17, 2018


New nurse residency program is the first-ever in the nation’s largest public hospital system

  Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop today announced the launch of the nation’s first City-led nurse residency program in 24 participating local hospitals. During the first year of the program, called the Citywide Nurse Residency program, 500 newly-hired nurses will be provided with specialized training that promotes job retention. The program will support participating hospitals with implementing a year-long residency that bridges the gap between education and practice for newly-graduated nurses. This is the first time that New York City’s public hospital system, the largest in the nation, has adopted a nurse residency program.

According to hospital partners, losing one nurse can cost up to $100,000 and retention of newly-graduated nurses is a challenge. While residencies are a recognized best practice for retaining nurses, New York City’s public and safety net hospitals have not had the capacity and resources to launch these programs.

“We’re exploring every possible avenue to create new pipelines of opportunity for New Yorkers who deserve good paying jobs as we continue to make strides toward being the fairest big city in America,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This Citywide Nurse Residency program will help expand opportunities and retain skilled professionals at public hospitals that deliver quality health care to countless New Yorkers.”

“Nurses are an integral part of the fabric that helps hospitals and clinics provide patients with the best care,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. “This initiative will help ensure nurses receive the training and support they need to thrive in our hospitals and help New Yorkers get and stay healthy.”

“The de Blasio administration is working hard to prepare New Yorkers for a more competitive and challenging economy," said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson. "While creating job opportunities for those who need them the most, we are also developing adequate training to meet these challenges with a particular focus on economic inclusion. I commend the City's Small Businesses Department and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare for creating a training program that focuses on the needs of our nurses and hospitals to ensure New Yorkers receive the highest quality healthcare year round."

“The City is investing in ensuring that New Yorkers have a path to a viable, lasting career,” saidGregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “The Citywide Nurse Residency program is a national model for bringing together hospitals to support the systematic change that puts nurses on track to succeed.”

The Citywide Nurse Residency program is being offered in partnership with the Greater New York Hospital Association, NYU Langone Health, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital to implement residency programs for staff at participating hospitals. The residency program will provide newly-hired, first-time nurses with on-the-job training through a curriculum developed by Vizient/AACN that focuses on topics including ethics, decision making, clinical leadership, and the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice. The program also provides new nurses with support and mentorship proven to enhance nurse satisfaction, performance, and retention. The following hospitals are participating in the program:

1.  BronxCare Health System
2.  Brookdale University Hospital
3.  Interfaith Medical Center
4.  Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
5.  Mount Sinai Brooklyn
6.  Mount Sinai Hospital
7.  Mount Sinai Queens
8.  Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
9.  Mount Sinai West
10. Maimonides Medical Center
11. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist
12. NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
13. NYC Health + Hospitals – Bellevue
14. NYC Health + Hospitals – Coney Island
15. NYC Health + Hospitals – Elmhurst
16. NYC Health + Hospitals – Harlem
17. NYC Health + Hospitals – Jacobi
18. NYC Health + Hospitals – Kings County
19. NYC Health + Hospitals – Lincoln
20. NYC Health + Hospitals – Metropolitan
21. NYC Health + Hospitals – North Central Bronx
22. NYC Health + Hospitals – Queens
23. NYC Health + Hospitals – Woodhull
24. St. Barnabas Hospital Systems

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“Research and experience tell us that nurse residency programs lead to improved nurse retention and satisfaction, and a greater level of confidence for new nurses as they transition from the classroom to the bedside,” said Kenneth E. Raske, President of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). “GNYHA is pleased to provide data analytic and project management support to this important initiative, and we applaud the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare for supporting nurse residency programs in hospitals across New York City.”

"This initiative puts a spotlight on New York City’s nursing community and will ultimately benefit every hospital involved,” said Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at NYU Langone. “We’re thrilled to support this program and share the benefits our institution has experienced with nurse residency over the past 20 years.”

“This residency program is an exciting addition to the training and support we provide to our newest nurses,” said Mary Anne Marra, DNP, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals. “This new training will complement the exceptional clinical support we already provide and help make our least experienced nurses the complete professionals they aspire to be.”

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