Nursing Services Transition Program

WVU Hospitals (WVUH) recognizes the stressors that can come with a new job. Whether it’s the beginning of a new career for the graduate or a new job for an experienced nurse, WVUH is committed to facilitating a smooth transition. WVUH has developed a Transition Program that provides a supportive environment and promotes self-direction, professional growth, and development.

The Nursing Services Transition Program consists of the following:

  • Support of the Transition Coordinator
  • Nurse Residency Program
  • Individualized Orientation with 1:1 Mentorship
  • United Based Orientation / Education Pathway
  • Active Unit Leadership Involvement

Transition Coordinator

The Transition Coordinator is an advocate for all new nurses and clinical associates, offering support and resources. Providing information, fielding questions or addressing concerns, the Transition Coordinator is available to help ease the transition of nurses and clinical associates into our organization. The Transition Coordinator checks in regularly with each new nurse and clinical associate, always offering a friendly connection and if needed, a confidential conversation. The RN Transition Coordinator additionally facilitates the Nurse Residency Program for new graduate nurses.

Nurse Residency Program Pilot

The Nurse Residency program at WVU Medicine is a transition-to-practice program for the new baccalaureate prepared graduate nurse throughout the first year in their professional role.

Newly hired BSN prepared graduate nurses at WVU Hospitals will participate in the Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to support the new nurses’ journey from novice to a competent member of our healthcare team. This is accomplished through a variety of interactive presentations, small group activities and hands-on experience led by clinical experts within the organization and our academic partners at the WVU School of Nursing.

One-on-One Mentoring

All new nurses are assigned a mentor who works with them one-on-one, guiding them to clinical independence over the course of their orientation. Together, the new nurse and mentor identify individual learning needs and incorporate them into the nurse’s orientation.

Unit Based Orientation / Education Pathway

Unit Based Orientation consists of unit specific workshops and computer based learning modules that foster professional development of the nurse in his/her specialty area. The Education Pathway involves setting weekly goals, completing a unit based skills checklist and participating in performance evaluations. The goal of the Education Pathway is to provide structured guidelines that foster a consistent orientation experience for all nurses.

Unit Leadership

Unit Mangers and Clinical Preceptor give continuous support throughout the orientation process. The Clinical Preceptor assesses the nurse’s learning needs and develops an individualized orientation plan, assisting the new nurse and their mentor along the pathway toward a successful orientation outcome. Unit Managers coordinate meetings with the new graduate, clinical preceptor and mentor to discuss achievements, expectations, and goals.