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Economic Aspects of Community-Based Academic–Practice Transition Programs for Unemployed New Nursing Graduates

Wallace, Jonalyn MSN, CNS, RN-BC; Berman, Audrey PhD, RN; Karshmer, Judith PhD, RN; Prion, Susan EdD, RN, CNE; Van, Paulina PhD, RN; West, Nikki MPH

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p 237–241
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000094
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Four partnerships between schools of nursing and practice sites provided grant-funded 12- to 16-week transition programs to increase confidence, competence, and employability among new RN graduates who had not yet found employment in nursing. Per capita program costs were $2,721. Eighty-four percent of participants completing a postprogram employment survey became employed within 3 months; 55% of participants became employed at their program practice site. Staff development educators may find this model a useful adjunct to in-house nurse residency programs for new RN graduates.

Jonalyn Wallace, MSN, CNS, RN-BC, is Professional Development Consultant, Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services, Oakland, California.

Audrey Berman, PhD, RN, is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California.

Judith Karshmer, PhD, RN, is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Susan Prion, EdD, RN, CNE, is Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Paulina Van, PhD, RN, is Chair and Professor, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, California State University-East Bay, Concord/Hayward, California.

Nikki West, MPH, is Program Director, California Institute for Nursing & Health Care, Oakland, California.

The project detailed here was funded through the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC). CINHC has received funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services, and the Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation. AB has received royalties and other monies from Pearson Education and payment for development of educational presentations from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Nevada State College. SP has received consultant fees from CINHC and payment for development of educational presentations from the California Simulation Alliance. PV’s organization has received funds from the Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation, the Alameda County Workforce Development Program, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with,or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jonalyn Wallace, MSN, CNS, RN-BC, Kaiser Permanente, 1800 Harrison Street, 17th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 (e-mail: jonalyn.wallace@kp.org).

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.