RN Internship: Outcomes of a One-Year Pilot Program


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Abstract

Faced with a threatened shortage of highly skilled, acute care pediatric nurses, an RN Internship in Pediatrics program for new graduates was brought from vision to reality. Goals of the program were to: 1) facilitate transition of the new graduate nurse to professional registered nurse (RN); 2) prepare a beginning level staff nurse who is confident and who provides competent and safe patient care; and 3) increase the commitment and retention of new graduate nurses within the organization. A 1-year pilot program evaluation demonstrated that the interns who had an average of 8 months of RN experience were comparable or better on all measures than were control group participants who obtained up to 2 years of RN experience. A return on investment of 67.3% was established.

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