RN Transition Programs provide clear guidelines for preparing nurses to work in settings in which they will be needed. The programs are designed to increase newly graduated RNs’ confidence and competence, thus increasing their employability. They differ from traditional new graduate bridging programs in that they are offered through a school of nursing, which partners with one or more practice settings to provide clinical experiences.
Statewide and national interest continues to grow related to RN residencies. The April 2014 issue of Nurse Educator features an article on competence gaps among new nurse graduates and how RN Transition Programs and residencies can serve as valuable bridges. We are pleased to have this article in print, authored by CINHC’s Program Director, Nikki West, and RN Transition Program leads in California.
CINHC released its Evaluation Report of four San Francisco Bay Area pilot New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Programs, showing that the programs are making a difference in the confidence and competence of new nurse graduates and increasing their employment opportunities.
Interest has grown in RN residency and transition to practice programs as a means of preparing nurses for practice. This report provides valuable insight regarding the composition, outcomes and strategies for implementing a successful residency program. Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services provided a grant to CINHC to assess the value of nurse residencies and transition to practice programs in California.
This web conference was held for nurse leaders throughout the state to learn about the New Graduate RN Transition Programs in the S.F. Bay Area. Click here to access an online replay. Use Recording ID: CINHC-1 and Attendee Key: 123.