LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Professional Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency or fellowship programs that transition newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence.

“In keeping with our commitment to high reliability and fostering a safe work environment, this recognition validates our program for exceeding the standards of excellence in transitioning our new nurses as they gain the skills and confidence necessary to deliver safe, high-quality care,” said Maggie Lundberg, MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN, Chief Nursing Officer, SBMC. “It also recognizes our commitment to developing the next generation of nurse leaders.”

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After an extensive evaluation, the ANCC deemed the Professional Registered Nurse Residency Program at SBMC as the highest quality with distinction and worthy of public confidence. ANCC Accreditation is a voluntary review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of practice transition programs.

The accreditation was the result of a lengthy self-study, undertaken by SBMC’s Nursing Education and Research Department, that included information on the history of the program, how it has evolved, successes and challenges, quality outcome data and stories from program participants.

The self-study was further affirmed through a four-hour virtual site visit held during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBMC’s year-long Professional RN Residency Program was introduced in 2018 to provide support, enrichment and narrow the gap between academic education and the practice setting for new graduate nurses. The measureable goals of the program are to enhance and provide nursing professional development, assess and increase job satisfaction, build practice-based knowledge, skills and attitudes that are in alignment with SBMC’s mission, vision and values and to decrease turnover.

“Our nurses are at the core of how we deliver quality, compassionate care,” said Naomi Fox, MSN, RN, CCRN, Administrative Director of Nursing, Nursing Education and Research, SBMC. “This accreditation provides official recognition that our program has set a high standard in transiting our new nurses while establishing a foundation for continued professional development. The result is improved care for our patients and families.”

Since the program’s inception, 56 professional registered nurse residents graduated from the program with many working in the roles of charge nurse, preceptor and safety coach as well as planning to apply for a leadership position in the future. Other graduates have successfully transferred into specialty units.

To learn more about nursing opportunities at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, visit rwjbh.org/careers.

 

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