Professionals who have recently added a nursing degree to their resumes
are finding more work in hospitals and other health care settings in the San Francisco area, according to a new study.
The New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Programs (RN Transition Programs) Evaluation Report found that the pilot programs at 4 Bay Area hospitals are helping new nurses secure jobs, with 79% of those who have recently participated in the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) initiative able to find work as of May 2012.
These RN Transition Programs improved new graduates’ hiring eligibility, CINHC’s Project Manager Nikki West stated. “And although these programs were launched in a difficult economic climate with a high state unemployment rate, they can enhance the preparation of nurses for employment at any time.”
CINHC started the pilot programs in conjunction with a number of regional nursing schools, including California State University, Samuel Merritt University and the University of San Francisco, to help nurses add additional skills and work experience to their resumes in order to increase their value as prospective employees.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for registered nurses are expected to increase by 26% through 2020.