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Nurse Transition Program (NTP) is a RN residency program that was established in 2005 to assist new graduate nurses’ transition from academia to the hospital setting. The program provides new graduates with education, support, and follow-up during the first year of employment.

The program is based on Benner’s From Novice to Expert Model and incorporates evidence-based practice and research to prepare new nurses for today’s hospital environment. The NTP is a one-year program designed to improve confidence, competence, critical thinking, prioritization, communication, and leadership.

The Nurse Transition Program curriculum incorporates multiple teaching strategies to meet the needs of new graduate nurses including: didactic, skills stations, simulation, unit based clinical experience with an Education Specialist as well as an assigned unit preceptor and ongoing support throughout the first year.

The Nurse Transition Program:

  • Initial classroom Nursing Orientation
  • Clinical days with NTP educator
  • Unit preceptor/mentor
  • NTP classes
    • NTP Class 1
      • Legalities of Documentation
      • Post-op Care
      • Orthopaedics
      • Diabetes
      • Wound Care
    • NTP Class 2
      • Cardiac Disorders
      • Heart Failure
      • Respiratory
      • Neurology
      • Fluid & Electrolyte
    • Professional Development Class
      • Magnet/Shared Leadership
      • Mosby Nurse Consult/Skill
      • Professionalism in Nursing
      • Clinical Ladder Program
      • EBP/Research
      • CE/Licensure Requirements
      • Code Blue
    • Progress Meetings: scheduled time for new graduate nurse, manager, preceptor and educator to individualize orientation needs
    • Unit Specific Skills Days in Simulation Center
    • Additional classes and/or observational experiences based on unit of hire
    • Collaboration with specialty unit educators

The Nurse Transition Program is a RN residency program within Staff Development.

For further information about the program please contact:

Debbie Cummings, MSN, RN-BC
Manager Staff Development Orientation
(859) 301-0009

Megan Vasseur, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Nurse Transition Program Coordinator
(859) 212-4757

Nurse Transition Program Educators:

Joy Francis, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  Acute Care and Skilled Nursing
Florence & Ft. Thomas
(859) 212-5197

Callie Gollihue, MSN, RN, CCRN
NTP Units:  TCU, Spine, Float Pool
Florence & Ft. Thomas
(859) 212-4780

Linda Graham, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  TCU Edgewood
(859) 212-4782

Glenda Johnson, MSN, RN-BC
Initial Classroom Nursing Orientation
(859) 212-5136

Emily Maynard, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  2AO, 2B1, 3C Edgewood
(859) 212-4775

Tara Orth, MSN, RN
Initial Classroom Nursing Orientation
(859) 212-5111

Megan Vasseur, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Nurse Transition Program Coordinator
NTP Units:  2B2, 2C, 7D Edgewood
(859) 212-4757

Kathy Warken, MS, RN, CMSRN
Simulation Center Program Coordinator
(859) 212-4774

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