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Nurses, Hospitals Win with Transition Programs

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci  
   June 05, 2012

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.

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