The South Bay RN Transition Program concluded its first cohort in September, and Oct. 4 celebrated 14 new graduates at the Workforce Institute in San Jose, Calif.
The South Bay Collaborative is a partnership between the Workforce Institute, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose State School of Nursing, Evergreen Community College District, OConnor Hospital and Mission Hospice.
We are sponsored by the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, with a small amount of funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, says Colleen OLeary-Kelley, RN, PhD, CNE, professor at the San Jose State University School of Nursing.
The program is one of four collaboratives in the Bay area funded to provide workforce training to recently-graduated RNs who have been unable to find employment. The program includes 16 weeks of immersive training in the clinical environment, with preceptored clinical experience and online didactic or simulation content.
Of the 14 RNs, three have found full-time employment as nurses, OLeary-Kelley says.