After the Gap Analysis: Education and Practice Changes to Prepare Nurses of the Future

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AIM: The purpose of the study was to describe the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition’s work in identifying and addressing gaps between nursing education and practice based on the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report. BACKGROUND: Massachusetts Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies highlight the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors required for professional nurses. Integrating these concepts into the educational system will prepare the nursing workforce to respond to current/future health care needs and population health issues. METHOD: Education and practice partners in four regions conducted a gap analysis of the education to practice transition for new graduate nurses using NOF as a framework for assessment. RESULTS: Gaps in competencies were similar across regions. However, each organization uniquely addressed curricular gaps to best prepare nurses of the future. CONCLUSION: Curriculum improvements will provide students the advantage of being prepared for the rapid changes happening in health care.


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Nursing Education Perspectives

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Beauvais, Audrey Marie, Meredith Wallace Kazer, Barbara Aronson, Suzanne E. Conlon, Pamela Forte, Kathleen S. Fries, Judith M. Hahn et al. "After the Gap Analysis: Education and Practice Changes to Prepare Nurses of the Future." Nursing Education Perspectives 38, no. 5 (2017): 250-254.



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