Guiding Principles for the Newly Licensed Nurse's Transition into Practice

Today's health care environment is complex and creates demands requiring the professional nurse to be an astute critical thinker, confident and competent when caring for patients and families in multiple health care settings. However, since organizations are faced with increasing demands on resource utilization and simultaneous cost reductions, adequate attention to ensuring successful transition for the newly licensed nurse may be not be appropriately designed, managed, supported or evaluated. Operating under the premise that the newly licensed nurse entry into practice nursing preparation cannot alone meet the requirements for the newly licensed nurse to be confident and competent as they transition into his or her professional role, it becomes the inherent responsibility of the nursing profession along with health care organizations to define and implement strategies to create a learning and supportive professional environment that will position the new graduate nurse for success.

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