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  1. Berman, Audrey PhD, RN
  2. Beazley, Brandy MS, RN
  3. Karshmer, Judith PhD, RN
  4. Prion, Susan EdD, RN, CNE
  5. Van, Paulina PhD, RN
  6. Wallace, Jonalyn MSN, RN
  7. West, Nikki MPH


Multiple reports document competence gaps among employed new RN graduates. Less is known about the competence and confidence of new RN graduates who have not yet found employment in nursing. As part of an academic/practice partnership model, 4 collaboratives provided transition-to-practice programs for newly graduated and licensed, but unemployed, RNs. The authors describe the new nurses' characteristics on program entry and discuss implications for nursing education and practice.