I found the July 2007 editorial1 quite unsettling. As chair of our shared governance body and a nursing educator in a cardiovascular progressive care unit, I see new nurses experiencing the same thoughts and feelings that John Blanton verbalized so eloquently in his Wall Street Journal article. Blanton truly captured the essence of the collision of nursing ideals with the stark reality of working on a unit. How tragic, though, that his experience led him to leave nursing altogether!

I am privileged to work at a university hospital that has just begun a University HealthSystem Consortium residency program for new bachelor of science in nursing grads as well as a program for new associate’s degree grads to help them successfully make the transition to life after nursing school. I am thankful that our administration sees the absolute necessity...

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