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  1. Steen, Jennie E. MSN, RN, CCRN
  2. Gould, Elizabeth W. BSN, RN, CCRN
  3. Raingruber, Bonnie PhD, RN
  4. Hill, James MSN, RN, RN-BC


This quantitative study investigated the effect of the student nurse intern position on the ease of transition from student nurse to registered nurse. Results indicated that interns believed the program increased their confidence in performing nursing tasks and in interacting with patients and families and also created opportunities for career advancement. The study results demonstrate that internship programs for nurses can significantly contribute to the success of new graduate nurses and consequently the quality of staff development.