ArticlesFROM SCHOOL TO WORK: EMPLOYER PERCEPTIONS OF NURSING SKILLSLowry, Judith S. MS, RN, CNAA; Timms, Janet EdD, RN, CS; Underwood, David G. PhDAuthor Information Judith S. Lowry, MS, RN, CNAA, is Director of Nursing, Anderson Area Medical Center, Anderson, South Carolina. Janet Timms, EdD, RN, CS, is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina. David G. Underwood, PhD, is Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas. Address for reprints: Judith S. Lowry, MS, RN, CNAA, Anderson Area Medical Center, 800 North Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29621. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): March-April 2000 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 80-85 Buy Abstract Questions periodically arise regarding clinical competencies and students' ability to perform in the employment setting after graduating from a baccalaureate nursing (BSN) program. This article describes a collaborative project between a nurse administrator in an acute care facility and a nurse educator in a baccalaureate nursing program. The project was designed to evaluate whether expected competencies of BSN graduates were evident in the work setting. Skills and behaviors of BSN graduates were evaluated by 68 nurses in an acute care setting. The findings provide data for nurse administrators to assist with planning staff development and continuing education programs for nursing staff. The results also provide data for nurse educators to assist with evaluation of effectiveness of nursing programs. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.