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Nurse Residency Transition to Practice Program

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is proud to offer a Transition to Practice (TTP) Nurse Residency program with two tracks: Medical-Surgical and Operating Room. This innovative program provides a structured, supportive, and interactive environment that bridges the gap from the academic setting to the professional practice environment and is designed to support the transition of new graduate nurses with less than one-year experience. Our TTP is a 10-month Nurse Residency program that ensures a unique opportunity for the newly licensed nurse to successfully transition to an acute care setting while addressing the realities of clinical practice under the guidance and support of our clinical nursing staff, nurse educators, nurse leaders and program facilitators.

The Transition to Practice (TTP) program provides a concept-based curriculum that integrates professional practice and specialty population content to individualize each nurse’s orientation and optimize the use of evidence based best practices within competencies. Throughout the program, nurses are challenged to know, own, and practice their responsibilities for self-direction, self-management, reflection, and peer feedback. The program includes didactic and simulated learning combined with hands-on training in the clinical practice environment, facilitating the nurse resident’s transition from novice to competent nurse. Additionally, the program aims to create a strong social network that fosters a sense of community, support, resiliency, lifelong learning and professional development at NEBH.

The TTP Nurse Residency participants meet monthly for seven months. During this time, participants are engaged in group problem-solving activities, critical thinking exercises, hands-on skill practice, simulation and developing communication skills necessary for the transition from new graduate nurse to confident professional nurse. In addition to the TTP Nurse Residency Program, participants are paired with a preceptor on their unit to provide the education, clinical experiences and professional development necessary for the expansion of knowledge and skills required in the development of safe, competent, professional nursing care. Residents must successfully complete the comprehensive program.

Participants in the clinical nurse residency program must have graduated from an accredited school of nursing program and have a Massachusetts RN license prior to the employment start date. Eligible participants include those that have less than one-year nursing work experience or if foreign trained, have not practiced nursing in the United States for a minimum of one year. For more information, contact the NEBH Human Resources Department.

The program includes:

New Employee Orientation (NEO)

The nurse resident attends a 6-hour day of organizational orientation. NEO includes a warm welcome and introduction to the Baptist Way and Legendary Service and introduction to compliance, quality and patient safety, infection prevention and control, security/environmental safety, IT security and employee health.

Transition to Practice program

The NEBH transition to practice program is designed to support the transition from student to professional nurse through education, mentorship and peer support. The program prepares newly licensed nurses to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve quality and safety.

The Transition to Practice program’s curriculum is founded upon the latest evidence and supports our Magnet Recognition. Participants benefit from classroom instruction, patient simulation activities, hands-on skill training and professional development content.

Preceptorship/Unit-based Orientation

Preceptorship is a minimum of 3 months. Preceptors are trained in the art and science of teaching and competency validation. Regular meetings with the unit nurse manager, clinical leader, and clinical educator occur within the orientation period to evaluate progress, assess learning needs, and address any potential remediation.

Professional Development

At month four, we begin a monthly 4-hour classroom session on the following topics:

  • Time Management, Delegation, Prioritization
  • Journey of Excellence & Professional Governance
  • Communication & Feedback and Teamwork
  • Complications of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Regulatory Readiness & Continuous Improvement
  • Fostering Well Being; Professional Advancement Program & Mentorship
  • Ethical Decision Making & Essential Elements of Documentation including Risk Mitigation Strategies
  • Critical Thinking & Case Reviews
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