Driscoll’s Transition to Professional Nurse Program accredited with distinction by national program

Celebrating the accreditation of Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Transition to Professional Nurse Program (TPNP) are (from left) Colleen Eaves, Professional Development Coordinator; Leslie Strauss, Professional Development Specialist; Isela Lyerly, Clinical Educator; Jennifer McHorse, Clinical Educator; Teena Sandate-Perez, Clinical Educator; Laura Miranda, Professional Development Specialist; Sacnicte Trevino, TPNP Program Director; Gail Peck, Clinical Educator; Sara Villegas, Professional Development Educator, Non-Clinical; Nancy Rodriguez, Clinical Educator; Karolyn Abbott, Professional Development Educator; Abby McComb, Clinical Educator; and Christine Davis, Director of Professional Development and Practice.

CORPUS CHRISTI – Driscoll Children’s Hospital Nurse Residency Program’s new Graduate Registered Nurse Residency Program was accredited with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) after an extensive evaluation.

“We are proud that the Transition to Professional Nurse Program at Driscoll Children’s Hospital is recognized by ANCC as one of the highest-quality transition programs for nurses,” said Julie Pina, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

“ANCC accreditation gives nurse residents assurance that Driscoll Children’s Hospital offers an elevated transition program with a clear course of instruction and reliable evaluation methods. With ANCC accreditation, our transitioning nurses gain the skills and confidence needed to perform effectively within a new practice setting,” she said.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Transition to Professional Nurse Program is the first in South Texas to obtain the ANCC accreditation.

The accreditation adds several benefits to the Driscoll program:

• Nurses can claim they participated in an ANCC-accredited RN Residency Program that met rigorous evidence-based criteria.

• Nurses are assured Driscoll Children’s Hospital delivers the highest quality nursing practice transition program that will help them improve patient outcomes.

• Consumers gain confidence that nurses who successfully complete the RN Residency Program are competent.

• Potential new graduate nurse employees can expect a quality transition education program when they come to work for Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Accreditation Program recognizes the importance of high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE), interprofessional continuing education, transition to practice programs, and skills-based competency programs. Around the world, ANCC-accredited organizations provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to help improve care and patient outcomes.