News| Volume 53, ISSUE 1, P52, January 2005

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Bridging the gap between school and workplace: Developing a new graduate nurse curriculum

      Anew graduate nurse curriculum was developed within the context of the RN Residency program, which was developed in 1998 to bridge the gap between academic preparation and the clinical demands of acute pediatric nursing care. As a component of the residency program, a curriculum was designed to provide a solid foundation for competent practice in the pediatric setting. Curriculum is derived from (1) the duties and tasks that registered nurses actually perform in the clinical setting, (2) Benner's novice-to-expert framework,
      • Benner P.
      From Novice to Expert.
      and (3) group interview information from major nursing stakeholders. It is based on what RNs actually do and provides an evidence-based foundation rather than one based on the intuition or perception of others who are not actually performing the job. In addition, the research-based infrastructure with ongoing evaluation provides a dynamic environment for changes in the RN's job, as well as the new graduate's needs.
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        • Benner P.
        From Novice to Expert.
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