Friday, July 13, 2007: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Collaboration in Career Transitions: Moving In, Moving Through, and Moving Out of an Accelerated Second Career Program
Learning Objective #1: Identify the phases of Schlossberg's Transition Theory.
Learning Objective #2: Describe collaborative strategies that facilitate career transitions among second career students.
In Fall 2004, Azusa Pacific University launched the Second Careers and Nursing (SCAN) Program to address the nursing shortage in CA, which currently ranks the lowest in the nation with its proportion of working RNs per 100,000 population. The SCAN Program, designed for non-nursing college graduates, offers a full-time prelicensure component followed by a part-time post-licensure (graduate) component and awards the MSN degree on program completion. The purpose of this symposium is to describe the collaborative strategies and outcomes in transitioning non-nursing college graduates into professional and advanced practice nurses. The SCAN program uses Schlossberg’s Theory of Transition with its phases of Moving In, Moving Through, and Moving Out. Since the SCAN Program sequentially offers both prelicensure and post-licensure (graduate) components, the theory phases recur and overlap during each of these educational components. The Moving In phase occurs during student recruitment and admission into the program and, again, when students start the graduate nursing component after passing the NCLEX. The Moving Through phase starts with the first prelicensure course and continues until the completion of the graduate component. During the Moving Out phase, students complete the internship, become licensed RNs, and complete the graduate component as clinical nurse specialists and/or nurse practitioners. Each phase incorporates collaborative strategies, including multidisciplinary mentoring programs and “town and gown” partnerships. Outcomes data on cohort 1 (N=14) are available upon their completion of the prelicensure component, including NCLEX pass rate, retrospective pre/post changes in their clinical and communication competencies and end of prelicensure degree of autonomy on the Dempster Professional Behaviors Scale. Outcomes of the post-licensure (graduate) component will be available in summer and fall 07. Through its collaborative strategies during the Moving In, Moving Through, and Moving Out phases, the SCAN Program has successfully transitioned second career students to become professional nurses.
Organizer:Felicitas A. Dela Cruz, RN, DNSc, FAANP
 Collaboration in Career Transitions: Moving In to an Accelerated Second Career Program
Marilyn D. Klakovich, DNSc, RN, CNAA, BC, Phyllis Esslinger, RN, MS
 Collaboration in Career Transitions: Moving Through an Accelerated Second Career Program
Patricia Frohock Hanes, RN, MSN, MAEd, PhD(c), Shirley M. Farr, MSN, CNS
 Collaboration in Career Transitions: Moving Out of an Accelerated Second Career Program
Felicitas A. Dela Cruz, RN, DNSc, FAANP