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Assessing New Graduate Nurse Performance

Berkow, Steven JD; Virkstis, Katherine ND; Stewart, Jennifer BA; Conway, Lindsay MSEd

doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000343405.90362.15
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New graduate nurses now comprise more than 10% of a typical hospital's nursing staff, with this number certain to grow given the increasing numbers of entrants into the nurse workforce. Concomitantly, only 10% of hospital and health system nurse executives believe their new graduate nurses are fully prepared to provide safe and effective care. As part of a multipronged research initiative on bridging the preparation-practice gap, the Nursing Executive Center administered a national survey to a cross section of frontline nurse leaders on new graduate nurse proficiency across 36 nursing competencies deemed essential to safe and effective nursing practice. Based on survey data analysis, the authors discuss the most pressing and promising opportunities for improving the practice readiness of new graduate nurses.

Authors' Affiliation: Executive Director (Mr Berkow), Consultant (Dr Virkstis), Practice Manager (Ms Stewart), Consultant (Ms Conway), Nursing Executive Center, The Advisory Board Company, Washington, District of Columbia.

Corresponding Author: Dr Virkstis, The Advisory Board Company, 2445 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037 (

Reprinted with permission from The Journal of Nursing Administration 2008;38(11):468-474.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.