New graduates in hospitals are moving toward more specialization as they enter the workforce as can be seen below.  This is due to the retirements of nurses in these areas and the shift of older nurses to other settings.  Residency programs such as those sponsored by New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) and partially funded by the NJDOL Workforce Development Apprenticeship Program through their support has helped 13 of the 18 hospitals participating in this program since 2020. Increases in growth in demand across settings and the impact of COVID-19 is creating stress on the healthcare system.  Residency programs for new graduates are even more important today.  Residency programs was one of the recommendations for all setting in the 2010 landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.