After the Gap Analysis: Education and Practice Changes to Prepare Nurses of the Future

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Abstract

AIM

The purpose of the study was to describe the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition’s work in identifying and addressing gaps between nursing education and practice based on the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.

BACKGROUND

Massachusetts Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies highlight the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors required for professional nurses. Integrating these concepts into the educational system will prepare the nursing workforce to respond to current/future health care needs and population health issues.

METHOD

Education and practice partners in four regions conducted a gap analysis of the education to practice transition for new graduate nurses using NOF as a framework for assessment.

RESULTS

Gaps in competencies were similar across regions. However, each organization uniquely addressed curricular gaps to best prepare nurses of the future.

CONCLUSION

Curriculum improvements will provide students the advantage of being prepared for the rapid changes happening in health care.

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