1. Winfield, Cynthia BScN, RN, CON (C)
  2. Melo, Katherine BScN, RN, MN
  3. Myrick, Florence PhD, MScN, RN


The transition from new graduate to professional nurse can be a challenging process. In some cases, more than 50% of new graduates have left their first position within the first year. One strategy that has been shown to yield positive results in facilitating new graduate role transition is nurse internship programs. All studies of internship programs in this review demonstrated lower turnover at 1 year after hire when compared with traditional clinical orientation programs.