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Competence Gaps Among Unemployed New Nursing Graduates Entering a Community-Based Transition-to-Practice Program

Berman, Audrey PhD, RN; Beazley, Brandy MS, RN; Karshmer, Judith PhD, RN; Prion, Susan EdD, RN, CNE; Van, Paulina PhD, RN; Wallace, Jonalyn MSN, RN; West, Nikki MPH

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000018
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Multiple reports document competence gaps among employed new RN graduates. Less is known about the competence and confidence of new RN graduates who have not yet found employment in nursing. As part of an academic/practice partnership model, 4 collaboratives provided transition-to-practice programs for newly graduated and licensed, but unemployed, RNs. The authors describe the new nurses’ characteristics on program entry and discuss implications for nursing education and practice.

Author Affiliations: Dean and Professor (Dr Berman) and Clinical Nurse Instructor and Program Coordinator (Mrs Beazley), School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland; Dean and Professor (Dr Karshmer) and Associate Professor (Dr Prion), School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco; Professor and Chair (Dr Van), Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, California State University East Bay, Hayward; Professional Development Consultant (Ms Wallace), Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services, Oakland; and Program Director (Ms West), California Institute for Nursing & Health Care, Oakland, California.

Program funding was provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, Workforce Institute (San Jose Evergreen Community College District), and California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Berman, Samuel Merritt University, 3100 Summit St, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94609 (

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