Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice

We’re helping new nurse graduates transition to professional practice

Fairview’s Nursing Clinical Development Program offers an evidence-based transitions program for new graduate nurses. The Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Program offers three continuing education sessions during the first year of practice. 

Program overview

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Provide a well-designed plan and comprehensive period of time during which nursing graduates can acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality care that meets defined (organization or professional society) standards of practice.
  • Serve as the bridge between formal nursing didactic education to daily practice.
  • Facilitate the transition from 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 programs of this nature for new graduate nurses (e.g., Joint Commission, The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Institutes of Medicine). These programs have been shown to facilitate the transition to practice and improve the performance of the new graduate nurse. 

How to participate

Most new graduate nurses will begin the Transition to Professional Nursing Practice program after completing their precepted unit orientation program. 

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 Mary Jean Vickers