Preparing new nurses to practice independently and provide safe and effective care has always been a priority for nurse leaders in academe and service but is becoming more of a challenge as patient acuity intensifies and care systems become more complex. Recent reports by the Carnegie Foundation1 and by the Institute of Medicine and RWJF2 call for nurse leaders to improve how nurses are prepared and educated by reducing the gap between classroom and clinical teaching and making better use of resources and partnerships available in the community. The development of a dedicated education unit is one strategy to address this gap.
Author Affiliations: Dean and Professor (Dr Glazer), Undergraduate Nursing Program, Director and Clinical Assistant Professor (Dr Mulready-Shick), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston; Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President for Patient Care (Dr Ives Erickson) and Executive Director (Dr Banister), Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; and Executive Director, Center for Nursing Excellence (Dr Mylott), Department of Nursing, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Glazer, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125 (firstname.lastname@example.org).