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To produce high quality nurses that are ready to compete in the professional world there needs to be a focus on preparing them for the emotional and mental challenges they will face as they enter into the healthcare environment. In addition to being not just mentally prepared, every modern job requires team focused employees. This is even more important in a healthcare setting where there are literally lives depending on the ability of how the team works together when facing challenges. With the amount of information and specialty knowledge that needs to be known in today’s world, workplaces rank the ability to work together in teams as one of the most important aspect they look for in new employees. “...the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a “cultural fit” over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates” (Forbes, 10/04/2012) While important, this certainly does not supercede the ability to have excellent practical nursing skills. With that in mind, these essential nursing skills should be present in any student that has attended a state board approved program and has passed the NCLEX. Having students leaving a nursing program with other valued team and critical thinking skills will ultimately make for better nurses in the healthcare field.
For nursing education to produce qualified nurses equipped and ready to enter a real healthcare working environment there needs to be a focus on preparing nurses to maintain high levels of satisfaction in their jobs. “Job satisfaction among nurses has long been recognized as a critical indicator of their performance and quality of patient care (as cited in Zurmehly, 2008, para. 1). With higher nursing job satisfaction there have been case studi...

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Chunta, K.S. & Katrancha, E.D. (2010). Using Problem-Based Learning in Staff Development: Strategies for Teaching Registered Nurses and New Graduate Nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41 (12), 557-564.
Glembocki, M.M. & Dunn, K.S. (2010). Building an Organizational Culture of Caring: Caring Perceptions Enhanced With Education. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41 (12), 565-570.
Zurmehly, J. (2008). The Relationship of Educational Preparation, Autonomy, and Critical Thinking to Nursing Job Satisfaction. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39 (10), 453-460.
National Research Council. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.
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