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Nurse Residency Program Awarded Accreditation with Distinction

May 05, 2019

ANCC accreditation sealThe Baystate Nurse Residency Program marked its fifth anniversary by receiving accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

The program was awarded Accreditation with Distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the ANCC in 2018—one of only two in the state of Massachusetts.

The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP)™ sets the standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses into new practice settings.

Successful Program Reduces Turnover Among New Graduates

Over the NRP's first five years, turnover among new nursing school graduates at Baystate Medical Center has decreased from 27% to 5%—lower than the national average of 7.3%.

The NRP is a one-year program for new Bachelor of Science or Associate Degree nurse graduates who have never worked as RNs, and supports their development as they transition into the role of professional nurse.

The pillars of the NRP are the preceptors who mentor residents, providing clinical guidance, support, and feedback—setting them up for success.

 > Watch how this nurse resident and her preceptor (at right) work together.