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HealthJanuary 20, 2021

Closing the education-practice readiness gap

Wolters Kluwer survey results suggest that new nurses are not fully prepared for clinical practice—a trend that has been on the rise for several years.

While the reasons why are widely disputed amongst educators and practice nurses, both groups agree that growing new nurse critical thinking and clinical judgment skills, along with their confidence, is crucial in readying them for practice, particularly in the new care environment.

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It’s clear that there is a continued opportunity to improve the preparation for new nurse graduates. …it’s time to rethink what practice-ready nursing looks like and create new education models in a yet-to-be-determined paradigm.
Julie Stegman, Vice President, Wolters Kluwer, Nursing Segment, Health Learning, Research & Practice

Bridging the gap between classroom and exam room

The Closing the Nursing Education Practice-Readiness Gap survey provides insights into the preparedness of new nurses from the perspectives of nursing faculty and practice nurses. See our infographic to learn about perceptions of the clinical preparedness of new nurses.

Priorities for preparing new nurses for practice divides educators and practitioners

Practicing nurses and nurse educators agree that new nurses need to be armed with different skills than they did five years ago, but vastly differ with regards to learning needs for nursing students. Among the biggest gaps? Whether new nurses use informed clinical judgment to make decisions.

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Closing the Nursing Education-Practice Readiness Gap: Building Confidence + Competence explores the perspectives of practice nurses and educators on the skills required for new nurses. Fill out the form below to download the report now and opt-in to receive future information on nursing trends.

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