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Transition to Practice

Bridging the New Graduate Nurse from Novice to Advanced Beginner

     The Transition to Practice program is a one year program designed to support the new graduate nurse hired at UCI Health transition from a novice nurse to an advanced beginner.    The philosophy of the Transition to Practice program is to promote clinical excellence, professional development and a healthy work environment that fosters nurses who are well- prepared, confident, and empowered to positively impact and improve the quality of care provided.

     This formal, structured, post-baccalaureate new graduate program is part of the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program. The program content is built on evidence-based curriculum and is highly interactive and supportive. Nursing leaders from UCI Health mentor and guide the new graduate nurse in mastering the challenges of changes in the healthcare delivery system, advances in treatment and technologies, and increasing patient acuity.

The Transition to Practice program is offered bi-annually and consists of three components: Nurse Residency Program, Clinical Preceptorship, Specialty Didactic Course.       

The Nurse Residency Program consists of a series of learning experiences designed to assist the new graduate nurse in the transition to their first professional role and help them become leaders at the bedside. The core curriculum topics include: critical thinking, patient safety and minimizing risk, quality patient outcomes, leadership, communication, evidence-based practice and professional development.

During the Clinical Preceptorship, the new graduate nurse works with an experienced nurse preceptor who serves as the primary clinical mentor for the nurse resident.  The preceptor guides, directs, and oversees the new graduate nurse in the clinical setting.

The Specialty Didactic Course is designed to provide a comprehensive, real-world-context curriculum across body systems and disease processes.  Interactive learning activities such as case studies, hands-on practice and simulation are utilized to ensure learner engagement, build clinical reasoning and improve nurse confidence.

There is no application process for the Transition to Practice program. Only new graduate nurses hired at UCI Health are eligible. Please refer to the UCI Health Career Opportunities  site for Clinical Nurse I job opportunities. Once hired, admission to the Transition to Practice Program is automatic.

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