The 330 new nurse graduates who enrolled in the pilot programs participated in ongoing assessments of their critical thinking and competency skills; individualized learning plans with assigned faculty; precepted clinical hours; and classroom education. They focused on building generalist, acute care, and non-acute care skills. The programs were also flexible, with each participating site having a hand in its program's design.
So far, the programs have been a resounding success for the nurses involved. The evaluation of the pilot program found that as of May 2012, 79% of the nurses who participated in the four programs have secured jobs.
The four pilot RN Transition Programs were funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation; and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board. Now, CINHC is seeking funding to conduct evaluations of all of California's RN transition programs.
Like I said, implementing these programs seems like a no-brainer. Nurses get help finding jobs as well as additional education. And hospitals get skilled, dedicated RNs who will help advance patient care. It's a win-win.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.