Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary L. Powell


Novice Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Federally Qualified Health Centers are expected to assimilate to the autonomous clinician role rapidly and meet the threshold of clinical expertise required for their new role. Mentorship is widely demonstrated in the literature as an important resource during onboarding and transition. Mentorship and social support facilitate appropriate novice Advanced Practice Registered Nurse role transition and attainment. This project employs a literature review, surveys and interviews of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and the implementation of a transition-to-practice program in a federally qualified health center. Results of this project indicate that a structured transition-to-practice program can potentially bridge the gap between academic training and clinical practice. Further large-scale application and assessment of the model is warranted.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access