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Regional New Grad RN Transition to Practice Program

This program supports New Graduate RN’s (NGRN) successful transition into practice and their journey from novice to advanced-beginner to competent RNs in alignment with Patricia Benner’s Novice-to-Expert model, KP SCAL Mission, Vision, and Values as well as our KP Nursing Professional Practice Model.

The design of the New Graduate RN program involves a phased approach over a six-month period. The first 10-week phase is the Clinical Immersion and Preceptorship Phase in which each NGRN is supported by an experienced nurse preceptor as they develop clinical judgment, critical thinking, and their nursing professional identity. Clinical assignments are designed to incrementally build the NGRN’s clinical competence though robust NGRN-preceptor relationships and well-coordinated clinical experiences. Throughout their Clinical Immersion Phase, NGRNs are simultaneously supported in a safe learning environment with Simulation and Professional Development Sessions. All sessions are structured to promote professional development, sharpen clinical judgement, enhance communication, improve nursing assessments, and bolster critical thinking skills to provide high quality safe patient care. The Mentorship Phase (weeks 11 – 26) begins with an orientation for the NGRN and mentors. This phase involves an experienced nurse mentor who helps guide and support each NGRN on their professional journey. During this phase NGRNs develop a “SMART” [Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely] goal and work towards goal achievement in collaboration with their mentors.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this 10-week program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss RN scope of practice and role based competency as core elements to professional practice.
  2. Identify and define critical thinking skills and habits of the nurse mind.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving within the healthcare setting.
  4. Utilize and demonstrate the principles of wound care and ostomy management.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when prioritizing, delegating, teaching, problem solving and resolving conflict.
  6. Practice Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) comopetencies when planning and providing patient care.
  7. Identify and describe how to access appropriate resources

A tip when searching for new grad RN positions on the KP Career website ( is to use the key words "inexperienced", "new grad", or “new graduate". Many of the new grad positions have these in the job title. Recruiters typically post positions 2 – 4 months prior to our identified regional New Grad Program, so please start looking for positions early. They fill fast. We usually have 2-3 Programs per year, starting in March, June, and September. If you have any more questions, please reach out to