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J Contin Educ Nurs. 2008 Feb;39(2):67-73.

Competency development in new registered nurse graduates: closing the gap between education and practice.

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Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA.

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  • J Contin Educ Nurs. 2008 Apr;39(4):148.


The gap between a new registered nurse graduate's education for practice and actual practice requirements of new registered nurses has long been an accepted fact in nursing. This article describes the development of an intervention from the academic side of the gap to improve the competency of nursing students before graduation. The intervention is noteworthy because it was developed collaboratively between academia and practice. The three-pronged intervention included development of learning modules based on the top 10 high-risk, high-volume patient conditions; faculty and staff educator development in learning strategies to enhance competency development; and sharing of products with the 84 schools of nursing in Texas.

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