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The Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse Transition-to-Practice Program

A Qualitative Evaluation of Factors Affecting Implementation

Robinson, Claire H., MPH; Yankey, Nicholas R., MPH, MSW; Couig, Mary Pat, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN; Duffy, Sonia A., PhD, RN, FAAN; Sales, Anne E., PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: November/December 2018 - Volume 34 - Issue 6 - p E8–E22
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000488
Articles: Online Only

This qualitative evaluation was conducted to assess factors affecting implementation of the Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse Transition-to-Practice program. Factors commonly mentioned in semistructured telephone interviews with Chief Nurse Executives, Program Coordinators, and their teams as affecting implementation fell into four primary domains: materials and support from the Office of Nursing Services, facility-level dynamics and resources, program-specific requirements, and program outcomes. Initiatives to provide support for program implementation are proceeding.

Claire H. Robinson, MPH, is Research Health Science Specialist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Michigan.

Nicholas R. Yankey, MPH, MSW, is Research Health Science Specialist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Michigan.

Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is Program Manager, Registered Nurse Transition-To-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program, Office of Nursing Services, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.

Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Michigan, and Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

Anne E. Sales, PhD, RN, is Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Michigan, and Professor, Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Claire H. Robinson, Center for Clinical Management Research, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 16, 3rd floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (e-mail: Claire.Robinson@va.gov).

© 2018 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.