The Christiana Care Critical Care Nurse Residency Program has been granted formal accreditation with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The 24-week program integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition to critical care nursing. It convenes in March and July.

Ric Cuming, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

“This is the first of our residency programs to be formally accredited and only the 15th accredited program in the country,” said Christiana Care Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

He commended Thea Eckman, MSN, RN, and Jennifer Painter, MSN, APRN, CNS, RN-BC, OCN, AOCNS, for their leadership and vision in guiding the program to accreditation.

“Once again Christiana Care Health System is recognized for excellence on the national and international stage,” he said.

Other nursing residency programs at Christiana Care include the Emergency Department, Neonatal, Progressive Care and Medical-Surgical Nurse Residency Programs.

ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency programs that transition newly registered nurses (RNs) into practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence.

Nurses in accredited transition programs experience curricula that promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary to deliver safe, high-quality care.