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    The Registered Nurse Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program is a comprehensive 12-month standardized curriculum designed to assist the new graduate RN in the transition from entry-level to advanced beginner nurse to competent professional RN. The area of assignment will vary upon facility need, transition to practice model at a facility level and individual new graduate RN learning needs.

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    The Registered Nurse Transition to Practice (RNTTP) Residency is a comprehensive developmental program developed to support the new graduate Registered Nurse (RN) during the first year of clinical practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. The new graduate RN will participate in the program and be assigned a qualified preceptor/preceptors who will work closely with them during unit based clinical orientation and throughout the program. The length of clinical orientation will vary according to assigned unit/units, learning needs, competence, and progress of the new graduate RN. Clinical experiences and didactic sessions are scheduled during the yearlong program to facilitate transition and achieve competency in key knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of a registered nurse. RN Transition to Practice Registered Nurses are required to attend all scheduled learning experiences (or an alternate assignment based on the facility level RNTTP Residency Program Directors' direction), complete required projects and written assignments. The area of assignment at completion the yearlong RNTTP Residency Program will vary based upon facility need, transition to practice model at a facility level, individual new graduate RN learning needs and competence.

    The direct supervisor for the new graduate RN in the Transition to Practice Residency Program is determined by the facility and is dependent upon the transition to practice model utilized at the facility. The RN in the Transition-to-Practice Residency Program reports to the Nurse Manager, Designated Learning Officer (DLO), RN Transition-to-Practice Residency Program Director or supervisory nurse assigned by the VA medical center with second line reporting to the Chief Nurse and/or Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive.

    The Registered Nurse in the Transition-to-Practice Residency Program will be enrolled into a 12-month program which will take place primarily at a VA medical center, but may be at any one of the associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics or neighboring facilities.

    The Registered Nurse in the Transition-to-Practice Residency Program is required to attend the 12 month program that includes completion of program surveys, hands-on clinical training, classroom training, simulation training, preceptorship, mentorship, shadowing experiences, and individual and/or group project assignments; including an evidence based or quality project. The Registered Nurse is required to attend or complete alternate assignment for all trainings/activities to successfully complete the program. At completion of the yearlong RNTTP Residency Program the RN will be assigned a specific practice area based on facility needs.

    The Registered Nurse delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. The registered nurse works closely with a preceptor with a goal of developing skills and judgment to utilize the nursing process in real situations. The focus is on individual growth and development in practice with increased levels of self-direction.

    The RN Transition to Practice Residency Program will include didactic and clinical components designed to support the new graduate RN with the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the role, duties, patient care activities carried out by RNs, including:

    • Provide specialized direct and indirect care to patients.
    • Observe, interview, and assess patients to identify care needs.
    • Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.
    • Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty areas.
    • Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment plans based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients, or by analyzing patient records.
    • Document nursing interventions, therapeutic measures administered, patient's reactions, patient teaching and understanding.
    • Administer therapeutic measures as prescribed by the licensed independent practitioner to include, but not limited to, medication administration, intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, and treatments.
    • Participate in the development, updating and evaluation of standards of care and quality improvement monitoring.
    • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
    Work Schedule: Full-Time, Rotating Shifts, Weekends, and Holidays depending on unit assignment. Shifts may vary and include 12 hours, 8 hours, or a combination of both.
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609675600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.