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  1. Sharpnack, Patricia A. DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF
  2. Moon, Hope M. RN, MSN, CNS
  3. Waite, Pam MSN, RN-BC, MHSA


Today's practicing nurse faces many challenges and opportunities, and as a result, new graduate readiness for practice has increasing importance. Research completed by the Nursing Executive Center, the Advisory Board's research membership serving nursing administrators, acknowledged a considerable disparity between graduate nurse competencies and the expectation of employing healthcare systems. A pilot project designed to guide preceptors in the role of educator fostered the development of new nurse competencies that helped facilitate transition to professional practice.