In the San Francisco Business Times article “California Institute nabs $500K grant from Moore Foundation for RN training,” Cal State East Bay is mentioned as one of four regional institutions collaborating with Berkeley-based California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) to help tackle the difficulties facing new nursing school graduates who can’t find jobs due to the troubled local economy.
The RN Transition Program will identify 250 talented RN graduates who have not yet found Bay Area nursing jobs and provide them with a 12-18-week post-licensure internship in either an acute or non-acute clinical setting. Selected nurses will spend a minimum of 24 hours a week in the program. Cal State East Bay has already enrolled participants.
“The employment issue for new graduates is a short-term problem,” said Nikki West, CINHC program coordinator. “Experienced nurses are postponing retirement and part-time nurses are taking more shifts than usual. So, new grads aren’t being hired at the moment. Once the economy picks up, we anticipate an unprecedented need for nurses. Our goal is to retain these new graduates in the local workforce.”