The VNIP Office collects survey forms used by interns and preceptors to evaluate the program and agency-based site coordinators submit quarterly reports that track retention and ‘reasons for leaving’. All data undergoes formative and summative analysis on a semi-annual basis. The framework for the internship and the teaching plan for preceptor development have undergone annual modifications based on this data.
From 2003 through 2009, VNIP enrolled and tracked 670 nurse interns. Significant findings include that a significant number of interns, thirty-one (31) or 5%, did not complete the program. Seven of these failed to pass their NCLEX exam and several were unable to meet the competency requirements. Of those that completed the internship, less than 10% left their position of hire in less than 1 year, whereas national data shows that 35% to 60% of new nurses turnover within the first year of employment CITATION Hal06 \l 1033 (Halfer, 2006). As of fall 2008, less than 5% had left their positions between 12 and 48 months of their hire date.
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