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Englewood Hospital Nurse Residency Program Receives Accreditation

Hospital Recognized by ANCC for Excellence in Transitioning Nurses to Clinical Practice

PTAP accreditation celebration - group of nurses

November 30, 2023 — Englewood Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program has received accreditation as a Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Englewood Health is one of 21 New Jersey hospitals accredited as an ANCC PTAP, which sets the global standard for residency programs transitioning registered nurses into new practice settings.

“Our Nurse Residency Program is committed to helping transition novice nurses into clinical practice with confidence,” said Kathleen Kaminsky, MS, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health. “This accreditation reaffirms our commitment to educating and supporting the clinical and professional development of new nurses as they become professional caregivers.”

Englewood Health’s 12-month Nurse Residency Program offers residents the opportunity to work in a collaborative learning environment alongside experienced staff in a real-life setting. New nurses work to improve their critical thinking, clinical reasoning, leadership, and inter-professional communication skills, preparing them to provide high-quality, evidence-based, patient- and family-centered care.

The accreditation process, which began in March 2023, included an in-depth review of the program’s history, leadership, orientation, development and design, goals and measured outcomes, and practice-based learning.

The program, launched in 2019 with Vizient, includes a four-day general nursing orientation, unit/specialty-specific orientation, two-day introduction to the program, and participation in monthly four-hour seminars, including lectures, group work, and simulation activities. Each resident is assigned a preceptor who guides the hands-on clinical experience. All nurses hired at Englewood Hospital who have less than one year of professional experience are automatically enrolled in the residency program.

“We are thrilled to mark another milestone in the growth and innovation of our Magnet-recognized nursing program as we work to shape the future of nursing at Englewood Health and in New Jersey,” said Kaminsky.

To date, the program has graduated 11 cohorts—totaling 103 graduated residents—and has outperformed the national benchmarks for one-year retention of new nurses in 2021 and 2022.

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