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Introduction

Approximately two years ago the ACEN was approached by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to accredit Transition to Practice programs. After a yearlong journey by faculty and clinicians from ACEN-accredited programs and representatives from direct care settings, the ACEN is excited to present for public comment the first draft of Standards and Criteria for Transition to Practice Programs.

What is a Transition to Practice Program?

A Transition to Practice program is an opportunity for recently graduated or recently hired nurses to experience a supportive and effective transition into practice and a supportive and effective transition into an organization. A Transition to Practice program builds a bridge between a nurse’s formal nursing education and experience to facilitate in advancing their independence, confidence, capabilities, and competence.

What are the benefits of a Transition to Practice Program?

A Transition to Practice program facilitates participants to successfully and quickly become an integral practitioner within their scope of practice of nursing and an integral employee within an organization.

Research suggests that some benefits of a Transition to Practice program include:

  1. Increasing quality of patient care and safety.
  2. Increasing retention of a nurse as an employee in an organization thus, reducing turnover and reducing costs.
  3. Increasing overall confidence and competence and decreasing some fears experienced by the recently graduated nurse.
  4. Reducing the workplace stress experienced by the recently graduated or recently hired nurse.
  5. Increasing job satisfaction experienced by the recently graduated or recently hired nurse.
  6. Assisting with the recruitment of a nurse as an employee in an organization because having a transition to practice program is viewed as an attractive advantage by the potential new employee.

Are all graduates from a practical, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, master’s degree and clinical doctorate degree program eligible to participate in an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program?

Yes, all graduates from an accredited or non-accredited practical, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, and clinical doctorate degree program are eligible to participate in an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program. The type of program and the requirements for participation in the program is at the discretion of the program.

Can a credit-bearing certificate or a non-credit-bearing certificate be awarded to participants that complete an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program?

Yes, a credit-bearing certificate can be awarded to participants that complete an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program only if the sponsoring/governing organization:

  1. Is legally authorized to operate in the state in which the sponsoring/governing organization is located.
  2. Is legally authorized to offer the transition to practice program in the state in which the transition to practice program is physically offered.
  3. Is legally authorized to grant a credit-hour-based certificate upon completion of the transition to practice program, when having authorization to grant a credit-hour-based credential is applicable.
  4. Holds institutional accreditation from an entity recognized by the ACEN.

Yes, a non-credit-bearing certificate be awarded to participants that complete an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program only if the sponsoring/governing organization:

  1. Is legally authorized to operate in the state in which the sponsoring/governing organization is located.
  2. Is legally authorized to offer the transition to practice program in the state in which the transition to practice program is physically offered.
  3. Is legally authorized to grant a non-credit-hour-based certificate upon completion of the transition to practice program, when having authorization to grant a non-credit-hour-based credential is applicable.
  4. Holds institutional accreditation from an entity recognized by the ACEN.

What is a credit-bearing certificate?

A credit-bearing certificate is a credential typically awarded by a traditional institution of higher education (community/technical college, four-year college/university, hospital-based school of nursing). Participants enrolled in a credit-bearing certificate may be eligible for state and/or federal financial aid if the credit-bearing certificate meets all the requirements set by a state government or federal government for such credential.

What is a non-credit-bearing certificate?

A non-credit-bearing certificate is a credential awarded by any type of sponsoring/ governing organization. Participants enrolled in a non-credit-bearing certificate are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.

What types of organizations are eligible to participate in an ACEN-accredited Transition to Practice Program?

A sponsoring/governing organization could be a college, university, or a health care agency such as a hospital, long-term care facility, rehabilitation facility, community-based organization (CBO), etc. See draft policy on eligibility for accreditation.

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