During 2009 the FNE completed Phase II of the Transition-to-Practice project, with support from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation, The Duke Endowment, and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In Phase II, both a comprehensive literature review of best and promising practices in new nurse transition programs and preceptor preparation as well as a survey of North Carolina clinical agencies to determine current practices related to preceptor preparation were completed. In addition, two invitational conferences were convened: Best and Promising Practices in Preceptor Preparation and Role Development and Simulation and New Nurses: Promising Practices to Facilitate Transition to Practice. It became clear from both the Phase I survey findings and Phase II activities that the preceptor is a critical component in the successful transition of a new nurse into the practice setting and that there is no consistent preparation for preceptors. Thus, the next phase of this initiative focuses on the preparation of preceptors for their important role.
The long-term project goal is to create an evidence-based statewide transition to practice program for new nurse graduates by 2015.