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Date:5/29/2012

etency skills; individualized learning plans with assigned faculty; precepted clinical hours; and classroom education on multiple topics.

The pilot programs were based at schools of nursing at Samuel Merritt University; California State University, East Bay; University of San Francisco; and a collaboration of South Bay schools, including San Jose State University, Samuel Merritt University's San Mateo Learning Center and San Jose/Evergreen Community College District through the Workforce Institute.

"The main goal of the pilot programs was to establish regional collaboratives to enhance skill development and confidence of RN graduates unable to secure jobs because of the current economy," said CINHC Executive Director Deloras Jones. "The RNs wanted to continue developing competencies to increase their value as nurses and prospective employees."

"The Transition Programs are in sync with recommendations from the Institute of Medicine's report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," said Jones. "They provide transitional support from classroom to clinical practice and are a necessary educational component in preparing nurses for practice today and tomorrow."

The four pilot RN Transition Programs were funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board. Currently, CINHC is seeking funding to support the next step of conducting evaluations of all RN Transition Programs in California. The evaluation study can be found at www.cinhc.org.

The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that transforms the capacity of nurses to meet the evolving health needs of Californians by partnering with nurse leaders, educators, providers, payers, policy leaders and consumers.


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