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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 hereto 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:

Emily Maynard, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Staff Development
Nurse Transition Program Coordinator
NTP Units: 2AO, 2C Edgewood

Debbie Cummings, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC

Manager Staff Development Orientation
(859) 301-0009
Megan Vasseur, DNP, RN, CMSRN
Simulation Center Coordinator

Nurse Transition Program Educators:
Suzan Bachmann, MSN, RN
NTP Units:  3C
Joy Francis, MSN, RN-BC
NTP Units:  Acute Care and Skilled Nursing
Florence & Ft. Thomas
Callie Gollihue, MSN, RN, CCRN
NTP Units:  TCU and Float Pool
Florence & Ft. Thomas
Linda Graham, MSN, RN-BC
NTP Units:  TCUA, 5D, 6D
Sara Newberry, MSN, RN, CMSRN
NTP Units:  2B1, 2B2, 7D

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