Graduating from nursing school and moving into the practice of nursing is one of the first milestones for newly-licensed nurses. It is also the moment when theoretical learning begins to connect with real-life scenarios. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released it’s landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” In is, report authors echoed a 2002 recommendation from the Joint Commission to develop “nurse residency programs—planned, comprehensive periods of time during which nursing graduates can acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality care that meets defined standards of practice.
So, what is a residency or transition-to-practice program?
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) defines TPP as a formal program of active learning, implemented across all settings, for newly licensed nurses, designed to support their progression from education to practice.
Are residency programs just for new graduates?
While many programs focus on nurses who have recently graduated or have less than 1 year of nursing experience, there are some organizations who have expanded residency programs to include experienced nurses transitioning from other care settings, or moving into a specialty area.
Where can I find a residency program?
Any employer can offer a residency program, though most are found in larger organizations, such as hospitals or health systems.
Below is a list of Oregon employers offering nurse residency/transition-to-practice programs. Click on the organization logos for more information about their specific programs.