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


Program Features

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.

Purposes & Highlights:

  1. To build the skill sets of new graduate nurses who have passed the NCLEX for practice outside the acute care setting.
  2. Retain new nurses in the profession while engaging competencies that can be transferred to both acute and outpatient care settings.
  3. Develop partnerships between nursing education and non-acute care settings to assure ongoing integration between academic expectations and clinical opportunities.
  4. RN resident will share the patient care assignment of a healthcare preceptor. Clinical assignments will be based on current opportunities offered by clinical partner agencies.
  5. To increase employability of new nurses finding it difficult to secure a full time nursing position.
  6. Provide primary and tertiary care as well as practice case management skills in coordinating services to vulnerable populations served by the clinical sites.
  7. Provide an opportunity for new RN Residents to network within the healthcare environment.
  8. RN Residents will receive certification in "Transition to Practice" with a specialty in Nursing Care in the Community.

Delivery Format

  • 16 week program
  • 20 hours/week (320 hours total), working with a preceptor in the home health, hospice, clinic, or school setting
  • 6-8 hours twice monthly for 4 months (64 hours total), attending simulation, seminar post conference, guest speakers, and presentations

Additional Information

  • Must agree to stay in contact post program for two years to update employment status
  • Malpractice and workers compensation insurance will be provided for all new RN participants
  • Non-refundable processing fee is due at the time of acceptance into the program

More Information

Contact Jessie Bell, Program Coordinator, at