The transition from nursing student to professional nurse can be daunting and intense.
Graduating nurses can find themselves uprooted from the classroom and planted on the overnight shift in a stressful medical setting, caring for critically ill people with complex health profiles.
It may be small wonder, then, that nearly one-in-three newly minted resident nurses will leave their first jobs within a year – many never to return to the profession.
To address the transition from school to direct care, the University of Iowa College of Nursing has helped create an online curriculum for newly licensed registered nurses to earn educational credits as they enter the workforce. The Online Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month, web-based initiative designed to prepare budding registered nurses for real-life care settings.