Two Christiana Care nurse residency programs have earned Accreditation with Distinction in Practice Transition Programs by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The newly accredited residency programs are in the Emergency Department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, joining the Critical Care nurse residency certified in 2017.

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

Emergency Department Nurse Residency Program mentor Samantha Smith, BSN, RN, CEN, provides hands-on mentoring to intern Stephanie Heist, RN, at Christiana Hospital.

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

The 24-week programs at Christiana Care integrate educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition for registered nurses into new practice settings.

“When resident nurses learn the ropes from preceptors on the job, it provides a tremendous advantage in achieving competency and performance improvement more quickly to the benefit of our patients, the team and the entire community we serve,”said Catherine Shull Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, Acute Care.