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A Regulatory Model for Transitioning Newly Licensed Nurses to Practice

      This article discusses the importance of developing a national, standardized program, implemented through regulation, for transitioning all newly licensed nursing graduates to practice.
      A standardized transition program is defined as a program of active learning for all newly licensed nurses (registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses) designed to support their progression from education to practice across all settings. The definition of orientation is similar to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) definition (
      • American Nurses Association
      ); it is the process of introducing staff to the philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role expectations, and other factors needed in a specific work setting.
      *A standardized transition program is defined as a program of active learning for all newly licensed nurses (registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses) designed to support their progression from education to practice across all settings. The definition of orientation is similar to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) definition (
      • American Nurses Association
      ); it is the process of introducing staff to the philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role expectations, and other factors needed in a specific work setting.
      The background for establishing this evidence-based model in the context of today’s health-care arena is presented. A model for transition and the supporting evidence are described.
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