CNE Article 

Preparing New Nurse Graduates for Practice in Multiple Settings: A Community-Based Academic–Practice Partnership Model

Nikki West, MPH; Audrey Berman, PhD, RN; Judith Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN; Susan Prion, EdD, RN, CNE; Paulina Van, PhD, RN; Jonalyn Wallace, MSN, CNS, RN-BC

  • The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
  • June 2014 - Volume 45 · Issue 6: 252-256
  • DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20140417-03

Abstract


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Recognize the goals of transition-to-practice programs for new RN graduates.

Describe the components of the transition-to-practice programs.

Identify outcomes of academic and practice partnerships for future transition-to-practice programs.

Disclosure Statement

Neither the planners nor the author have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

Responding to local and national concerns about the nursing workforce, the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care worked with private and public funders and community health care partners to establish community-based transition-to-practice programs for new RN graduates unable to secure nursing positions in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goals were to retain new RN graduates in nursing and further develop their skills and competencies to increase their employability. Leaders from academic and inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based practice settings, as well as additional community partners, collaboratively provided four 12- to 16-week pilot transition programs in 2010–2011. A total of 345 unemployed new nurse graduates enrolled. Eighty-four percent of 188 respondents to a post-program survey were employed in inpatient and community settings 3 months after completion. Participants and clinical preceptors also reported increases in confidence and competence.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2014;45(6):252–256.

Ms. West is Program Director, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, Oakland; Dr. Berman is Dean of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland; Dr. Karshmer is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco; Dr. Prion is Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco; Dr. Van is Chair, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, California State University-East Bay, Hayward; and Ms. Wallace is Professional Development Consultant, Community Benefits, National Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California.

The project described in this article was supported by funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation, Alameda County Workforce Development Program, and Department of Labor.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Nikki West, MPH, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, 663 13th Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612; e-mail: nikki@cinhc.org.

Received: November 20, 2013
Accepted: February 28, 2014
Posted Online: April 17, 2014

10.3928/00220124-20140417-03

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