MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals’ Nurse Residency Program achieved accreditation with distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. Nurses in accredited transition programs, like the one at WVU Hospitals, experience curricula that promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary to deliver safe, high-quality care.

“Our nursing staff at WVU Hospitals are extraordinary in their passion and quality, and the Nurse Residency Program is one way we’re lifting all of our nurses to meet that high bar,” Doug Mitchell, B.S.N., M.B.A., chief nursing officer of WVU Hospitals, said. “This ANCC accreditation tells nurses considering WVU Hospitals not only that they will be welcomed and assisted through their transition, but also that this is a great place to build a career.”

Only 16 nurse residency programs in the nation received this accreditation, and even fewer were accredited with distinction. WVU Hospitals’ program is the only one in West Virginia to receive this distinction.

WVU Hospitals’ Nurse Residency Program is a one-year program designed for all new graduates of an accredited Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to facilitate the transition into professional practice. The program provides educational opportunities to promote critical thinking, leadership, and professional development.

The ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is the same accrediting body that awards the Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing services, which WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has held since 2005

All new BSN and ASN graduates are enrolled into the Nurse Residency Program upon hire. Apply for a staff nurse position at