Transition to Practice Nurse Residency (TTPNR)

Nurse residents in teaching environment

Nationwide Children’s Hospital welcomes new graduate nurses who are eligible to participate in the Transition to Practice Nurse Residency program.  Nationwide Children’s wants to build upon the knowledge and experience gained in your academic career by supporting you in your transition from nursing student to professional nurse. 

In addition to the hospital and unit/area-based orientations, our experienced nurse residency team will provide educational experiences and rounding on individual units.

Our residency can help you feel more empowered and increase your career satisfaction by:

  • increasing your confidence, competence and critical thinking skills
  • strengthening your communication and organizational skills
  • facilitating interprofessional relationships
  • improving nurse sensitive indicators and patient care outcome knowledge


Our evidence-based curriculum is grounded in: 

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs (COA-PTP) Standards for Accreditation
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Standards for Accreditation
  • Graduate nurse competencies established by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) model
  • Standards of practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Core topics integrated into the monthly seminar activities and discussion include: clinical skills, communication, collaboration, safety, quality improvement, information technology and professionalism.

In addition, regular rounding on nurse residents, feedback, and ongoing needs assessments shape the curriculum content on a cohort-to-cohort basis.


New Nationwide Children’s Hospital RNs who received RN licensure within the last 12 months or RNs who have been referred by their manager, are eligible to participate in the program.

New cohorts are started several times throughout the year. New graduate RNs who have been hired by one of the units participating in the residency program are automatically placed into the next available cohort after hospital orientation.


  1. Received RN licensure within last 12 months
  2. Received approval from unit leader(s)
  3. Agreement to attend and actively participate in the 12 monthly 4 hour seminars

Contact Us

  • Kelsey Harn (614) 355-4664
  • Kelsey Merritt (614) 355-0718
  • Siobann Stoughton (614) 355-0713
  • JoAnna Sutton (614) 355-0770

We look forward to helping you transition into your nursing profession!