Transitioning Newly Registered Nurses Directly Into Community Home Health Care

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Transitioning Newly Registered Nurses Directly into Community Home Health Care Roles The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) (2009b) predicts a shortfall of nursing staff equivalent to 60, 000 full-time positions by 2022. In 2011, there was a deficit of 22, 000 registered in Canada, as reported by J. Shamian, past-president of the CNA (Winston, 2011). A healthcare human resource problem, such as the supply of professionally trained registered nurses requires long-term resolution strategies. The CNA suggests that newly registered professional nurses are not yet employed to their full potential in community settings: A shift is needed towards providing increased care in community and home care settings with a focus on health promotion and disease in order to support sustainable healthcare in Canada (CNA, 2012). Bourgeault (2012) indicates that attracting and retaining nurses in home care and long-term care “can be most challenging” (p. 44). Newly registered nurses (NRN) wanting to work in community home health care (CHHC) environments may be required to completed up to two years of acute hospital based nursing care as a prerequisite to CHHC employment (Meadows, 2006). The purpose of this review will be to examine the transition experiences of registered nurses entering into CHHC practice by comparing the transition of experienced nurses and novice nurses entering into CHHC roles. An argument will be made that direct entry into CHHC practice for NRN is warranted based on the

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