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    The RN, Transition to Practice job opportunity is an educational program designed for new graduate nurses who will earn a RN degree and gain licensure prior to the start date of employment. Qualifying for this position is in compliance with the Registered Nurse Qualifications Standard; however, the RN Transition to Practice program will consider applicants who will earn a degree and gain licensure prior to the start date of employment.

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    The Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Program is a comprehensive standardized training curriculum designed to assist the post-graduate nurse transition from entry-level, advanced beginner nurse to competent professional Registered Nurse (RN). Post graduate registered nurses with no previous experience as a registered nurse are eligible to apply. Degree must be conferred within one year prior to the program start date. Classes are held at the Memphis VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN.

    The nurse residency program was developed to support post graduate registered nurses during the first year of practice in an acute care, critical care, emergency department, behavioral health, long-term care, and operating room areas within the facility. The post graduate registered nurse will participate in an orientation program under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The length of clinical orientation will vary according to the needs and progress of the nurse. Clinical areas are assigned based on organizational needs. Didactic sessions are scheduled during the year to facilitate transition and achieve competency in key knowledge, skills and responsibilities of a registered nurse. Transition to Practice Registered Nurses are guided in their professional development through precepting and mentoring in the clinical setting.

    The program design and content are guided by:

    • VHA Directive 2011-039, VHA Registered Nurses (RN) Transition-To-Practice Program, November 23, 2011.
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education's (CCNE) Standards for Accreditation of Entry to Practice Nurse Residency Programs (CCNE, 2015) Patricia Benner's theory of "Novice to Expert" ( 1984)
    Transition to Practice Nurses are expected to:
    • Begin employment Spring or Fall 2021 cohorts
    • Have an active, non-restricted RN license by the following start dates:
      • February 1 - March 3
      • September 1 - September 30
    • Attend classes and activities as assigned
    • Complete assignments within the required timeframe
    • Be available to work as scheduled on assigned units. Shifts may be 12 hours, 8 hours or a combination of both
    • Hospital Orientation and NSO (Nursing Service Orientation) are scheduled during regular daytime business hours. Initial Nursing Unit Orientation occurs during the scheduled work shifts of the unit preceptors. Upon completion of orientation, work shifts are scheduled according to unit needs in fulfilling the mission of caring for America's veterans. Successful candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts as assigned, to include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays
    • Must be able to start this full-time position on or before the specified start dates as described on USA Jobs
    Selected candidates holding a diploma or Associate degree will affirm their commitment to pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Participants who successfully complete the program requirements will be presented with a certificate of completion at our annual graduation celebration.

    Work Schedule:
    • First three (3) months of training will be Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
    • Must be available to work all shifts, including weekends and holidays
    • Be available to work as scheduled on assigned units (Shifts may be 12 hours, 8 hours, or a combination of both)
    • Work week will vary, but includes weekdays, weekends and holidays
    • Shifts vary, but will include nights/days/evenings
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Education Debt Reduction Program may be offered
    Pay Schedule: NF96

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/590079700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.