Fairview Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Fairview offers an evidence-based transition program for new graduate nurses. The Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program offers three continuing education sessions during the first year of practice to support new graduate nurses as they transition into their practicing role. 

Program overview

The purpose of the program is to:
  • Provide support and development to new graduate nurses, so they have the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and high-quality care for patients and their families 
  • Serve as the connection between formal nursing academic education and daily practice
  • Facilitate the transition from an advanced beginner nurse to a fully competent nurse
Core content focuses on three critical areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional role. Many organizations have recommended and endorsed similar programs for new graduate nurses, such as The Joint Commission, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the Institute of Medicine. These programs have been shown to facilitate the transition to practice, improve performance of the new graduate nurse, and improve nurse retention.  

How to participate

Most new graduate nurses will begin the Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program near the end of their orientation on the unit with a preceptor. New graduate nurses interested in participating in this program must first apply for an acute care position within Fairview. Once selected for a position, eligible nurses are automatically enrolled in the program. 


If you have questions, please email Anna Engelhart