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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. Thank you so much for your interest in careers at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. All new graduate nurses will be enrolled in the Nurse Transition Program no matter what unit of hire. In order to be considered for open positions, you need to apply online. Please click here to view our open positions and complete your online application. One of our HR Business Partners will review your application and determine the appropriate next steps.

For further information about the program please contact:

Megan Vasseur, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Nurse Transition Program Coordinator
megan.vasseur@stelizabeth.com
(859) 212-4757

Debbie Cummings, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC
Manager Staff Development Orientation
deborah.cummings@stelizabeth.com
(859) 301-0009

Nurse Transition Program Educators:
Joy Francis, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  Acute Care and Skilled Nursing
Florence & Ft. Thomas

Callie Gollihue, MSN, RN, CCRN
NTP Units:  TCU, Spine, Float Pool
Florence & Ft. Thomas

Linda Graham, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  TCU Edgewood

Glenda Johnson, MSN, RN-BC
Initial Classroom Nursing Orientation

Emily Maynard, MSN, RN, CMSRN
NTP Units:  2AO, 2B1, 3C Edgewood

Tara Orth, MSN, RN-BC
Initial Classroom Nursing Orientation

Megan Vasseur, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Nurse Transition Program Coordinator
NTP Units:  2B2, 2C, 7D Edgewood

Kathy Warken, MS, RN, CMSRN
Simulation Center Program Coordinator
kathy.warken@stelizabeth.com
(859) 212-4774



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