Nursing Services Transition to Practice Program

Nursing Services Transition Program

WVU Medicine-Ruby Memorial Hospital is committed to facilitating a smooth transition through the assistance of our Transition to Practice Program. Our program provides a supportive environment and promotes self-direction, professional growth, and development throughout the first year of employment in nursing services.

The Nursing Services Transition Program consists of the following:

  • Support of the Transition Coordinator
  • Nurse Residency Program
  • Individualized Orientation with 1:1 Mentorship
  • Hospital-based and unit-based orientation / education pathway
  • Active Unit Leadership Involvement

Transition Coordinator

The Transition Coordinator is an advocate/mentor 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 facilitate the transition of nurses and clinical associates into our organization. The Transition Coordinator meets face-to-face with each new nurse and clinical associate during the first year of employment.

Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency program at WVU Medicine-Ruby Memorial Hospital is a transition-to-practice program for the new baccalaureate- and associate-prepared graduate nurses throughout the first year in their professional role.

All graduate nurses hired participate in the Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to support the new nurses’ journey from novice to an expert member of our healthcare team. This is accomplished through a variety of interactive presentations, small group activities, and hands-on experiences 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 also assigned a mentor on their unit who works with them one-on-one, guiding them to clinical independence over the course of their orientation. Together, the new nurse and the unit 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, Clinical Preceptors, and Supervisors 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.