Phase III of the Transition to Nursing Practice Project

The focus of Phase III is the testing and evaluation of strategies and tools to prepare preceptors for their critical role in the transition of newly licensed nurses to the practice setting. Interventions will be tested in pilot hospital settings across North Carolina beginning late spring 2010, prior to the employment of newly licensed nurses, with related data collection occurring through the first six months of new nurse employment. Analysis of the effectiveness of the interventions will be completed by Spring 2012.


 The key focus areas of Phase III are as follows:

  • Utilize and evaluate effectiveness of online learning modules in preparing preceptors for their role. 
  • Implement and evaluate the use of simulation scenarios where preceptors will function in the role, receive individual feedback on their performance in managing preceptor-preceptee situations, and debrief in a learning environment  
  • Evaluate preceptor's ability to provide appropriate, timely feedback to a new nurse preceptee in ways that help the new nurse (a) enhance her/his ability to provide safe, quality patient care and (b) grow as a professional
  • Evaluate overall competence and confidence development as well as retention of newly licensed nurses in the pilot study. 

N C Hospitals participating as pilot sites for Phase III are: 

  • Alamance Regional Medical Center
  • Cape Fear Valley Health System (includes Bladen County Hospital)
  • Granville Medical Center
  • High Point Regional Health System
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital
  • Pitt County Memorial Hospital
  • Randolph Hospital
  • Wayne Memorial Hospital