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New program helps nursing graduates who can't find jobs in troubled local economy.

CSUEB nursing included in RN transition program grant

  • March 24, 2010 11:30pm

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.”

Read the entire article. 

--Kimberly Legocki

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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