With a $500,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) is offering an RN transition program for 250 new grads in the San Francisco Bay Area who can't find jobs because of the troubled economy.
The programs, offered through local nursing schools and nurse employers, will provide participants with a post-licensure internship of 12-18 weeks in either acute or non-acute clinical settings. Selected nurses will spend a minimum of 24 hours a week in the program.
"The employment issue for new graduates is a short-term problem," said Nikki West, CINHC program coordinator. "Experienced nurses are postponing retirement and part-time nurses are taking more shifts than usual. So, new grads aren't being hired at the moment. Once the economy picks up, we anticipate an unprecedented need for nurses. Our goal is to retain these new graduates in the local workforce."
The purpose of the RN Transition Program is to keep new graduates' skills current, enhance their professional competencies and provide opportunities for them to gather experience in clinical settings where they may ultimately find employment.
The program will be coordinated through four regional collaboratives:
• Samuel Merritt University and Kaiser Permanente, with partners Chaparral House; John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek; Kaiser facilities across the Bay Area and Sacramento; NorthBay HealthCare; and Sutter VNA & Hospice;
• University of San Francisco, with partners Community Healthcare Partnership Inc. and California School Nurses Organization;
• California State University, East Bay, with partners Alameda County Workforce Investment Board; Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley Campus; Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus; Axis Community Health, Pleasanton; Children's Hospital Research Center, Oakland; Contra Costa County Workforce Investment Board; Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley; Highland Hospital, Oakland; John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek; John Muir Medical Center, Concord; St. Mary's Center and Clinics, Oakland; St. Rose Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility, Hayward; Stanford Medical Center and Clinics, Palo Alto; Stone Brook Health Center, Concord; Valley Care Health System, Pleasanton; Valley Memorial Hospital, Livermore; Veterans Administration Palo Alto; and Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont; and
• South Bay Transition Program Collaborative, with partners Evergreen Valley College Nursing Program; Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose; Mission Hospice, San Jose; O'Connor Hospital, San Jose; Samuel Merritt University; San Mateo Learning Center; San Jose State University School of Nursing; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose; SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund; Shirley Ware Education Center, Oakland; and the Workforce Institute of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District.
Samuel Merritt University and California State East Bay have enrolled participants and begun their programs. University of San Francisco and the South Bay collaborative will start their programs later in 2010. Nurses completing the program will obtain a certificate and academic credits showing advancement of professional skills. Collaborative partners will also participate in a process to develop a statewide/industry recognized certificate of completion.