The Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, was one of three nursing practice transition programs to achieve accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Practice Transition Accreditation Program, according to a news release.
The Versant RN residency in pediatrics at CHLA provides one-to-one training and expert clinical guidance to nurse residents. This yearlong, evidence-based program offers a 22-week immersion period with 220 hours of classroom experience that includes skills labs, group work and a pediatric core curriculum, according to the release. Experienced bedside pediatric nurses and subject matter experts train RN residents to handle the most complex pediatric cases in their unit. Each resident is equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to care for patients and families. This program earned ANCC accreditation with distinction.
“It is such an honor for our RN residency program to achieve this ANCC distinction,” Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president, patient care services and CHLA CNO, said in the release. “At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we continue to ensure our nurses are well educated and versed so they can provide the best care to patients and families.”
According to the release, the program offers a new credential that validates a nursing residency or fellowship program that meets ANCC evidence-based standards and best practice criteria. Whether graduating from academia to clinical practice, returning to the field or transitioning between clinical settings, RNs and APRNs who successfully complete ANCC-accredited transition programs gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors to deliver safe, quality care.
“Residency and fellowship programs for RNs and APRNs provide critical support for the transition between academia and clinical practice or between different practice settings,” Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, vice president of the ANCC Accreditation Program and Institute of Credentialing Research, said in the release. “Research evidence has demonstrated organizations implementing robust residency or fellowship programs significantly reduce costs associated with turnover and vacancy, resulting in a positive return on investment to the organization. In addition, nurses completing residency programs have demonstrated an improvement in work satisfaction, employee engagement, self-confidence, commitment to the organization, time-management skills, relations with team members, clinical leadership skills, critical thinking skills, role socialization and absenteeism and clinical competence.”