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Effect of Curriculum Revision on Graduates' Transition to Practice

Meyer, Geralyn PhD, RN, CNL, CNE; Shatto, Bobbi PhD, RN, CNL; Delicath, Timothy PhD; von der Lancken, Shelley MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000325
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The effect of educational interventions on the transition experiences of new graduates of prelicensure programs is unclear. This study investigated the effect of curriculum revision on transition to practice of nursing graduates. The nursing curriculum can have a positive influence on professional and job satisfaction at 3 months postgraduation, but the practice environment becomes the dominant force after that. Graduates who demonstrated poorer transition to practice at 3 months were more likely to leave their first positions by 12 months.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr. Meyer) and Assistant Professor (Dr. Shatto) and Instructor (Ms. von der Lancken), School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, Missouri; and Associate Professor for Educational Research (Dr. Delicath), Missouri Baptist University, St Louis.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Meyer, School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, St Louis, MO 63104 (

Accepted for publication: August 6, 2016

Published ahead of print: October 4, 2016

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