ArticleWhen Are New Graduate Nurses Competent in the Intensive Care Unit?Reddish, Myra V. MSN, RN; Kaplan, Lewis J. MD, FACS, FCCMAuthor Information From the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital (Ms Reddish), and the Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Emergencies (Dr Kaplan), New Haven, Conn. Corresponding author: Myra V. Reddish, MSN, RN, Yale New Haven Hospital, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 20 York St, New Haven, CT 06520 (e-mail: [email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: July 2007 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 199-205 doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000278919.29444.b3 Buy Metrics Abstract Transitioning from the graduate nurse level to that of competent practitioner may be characterized as 5 distinct stages instead of 3 as previously thought. Educational and performance goals and challenges may be described for each stage to track a nurse's progress through a critical care nursing development program without the traditional prerequisite period of general ward service. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.