The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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UG Nursing RN Transition Program

RN Transition Program for Professional Development

In response to the challenges newly licensed RNs are currently experiencing in securing jobs, the Transition to Practice Program was developed.

The University of San Francisco has joined forces with the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care and the Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation to develop the New Nurse Transition program.

Application deadline for Fall 2014 is June 21, 2014 at 5PM

It is hoped that through such programs, new RNs can begin working as professional nurses with a mentor / preceptor in the community setting. The goals are to retain our new nurses while developing their role as a professional nurse. USF offers the only program comprised entirely of community settings.

The program will promote professional role development of the newly graduated nurse to work as an advance beginner RN in Ambulatory care settings. The program will build and reinforce learning from previous clinical experiences as well as introduce the professional nursing role in community settings.

In seminar and simulation, participants review professionalism, effective communication, evidence-based practice, care management in community based care settings and specific nursing skills used in community care settings such as IV line care, physical assessment, nutrition, lab results, and pain management. Participants will also be part of a collaborative learning environment in a bimonthly post conference debriefing. Participants will learn to practice within the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses' (QSEN) framework. Upon completion of the program, a certificate in “Transition to Practice” with a specialty in Nursing Care in the Community will be awarded.

The clinical practicum will match the RN participant with a preceptor, and they will work together to improve clinical practice and socialization to the role of Professional Nurse in the community ambulatory care  setting. The participant will be selected by an ambulatory care agency from a variety of approved schools, clinics, homecare and hospice agencies within the greater bay area. The placements will be made according to individual interests and abilities. Key topics covered include how to plan and organize a workload, act as a team member and/or leader, provide care to a vulnerable population within our community, case management skills and function within an agency’s organizational culture. The Transition RN and agency may mutually explore potential employment at the completion of the course, although there is no guarantee of employment from participating in the program.

More Information

For more information please contact Jessie Bell, the Program Coordinator, at