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2015 Annual Report Selected Highlights

Clinical Center Launches First U.S. Clinical Research Nursing Residency Program

Participants in the 2014 Clinical Research Nursing Residency Program
A Participants in the 2014 Clinical Research Nursing Residency Program at the NIH Clinical Center.

In a hospital focused on research as well as patient care, nursing teams require a distinctive set of skills. To help initiate new nurses to the unique needs of the Clinical Center, the Nursing Department's Nursing Education team developed a program to assist newly licensed graduate nurses in the transition from nursing school to professional practice in clinical research nursing. This Clinical Research Nursing Residency Program is a rigorous, twelve-month curriculum to build critical thinking, professional practice skills and clinical skills in the context of a clinical research setting. The program is highly competitive and is attracting new graduate nurses from prestigious universities across the United States.

This program, the first of its kind in the United States, brings nurse residents together every one to two weeks for structured learning experiences. Education includes instructive classroom sessions, hands-on simulation, case studies, reflective practice, activities in nursing units, shadowing colleagues and professional development and leadership activities. All of these experiences are conducted under the direction of nurse educators, individual instructors and unit leadership and all focus on the role of the nurse in clinical research. The first group of eight nurses began the program in the summer of 2013, and a second group of six nurses started in August 2014.

Significant effort has been invested in incorporating the extensive experience and expertise of colleagues across all fields of research in the NIH community. A major, indirect benefit of the residency program has been the simultaneous education of the nurse residents' instructors. This program strengthens the entire nursing team, which helps support both research and patient care.

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