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Bon Secours Mary Immaculate RN fellowship celebrates earning practice transition accreditation

Newly accredited Transitions in Practice program creates framework for transitioning RNs between specialty areas at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital registered nurse fellowship program, Transitions in Practice, is the first such program in the United States to receive accreditation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program™.

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital program helps current practicing nurses transition from one nursing specialty to another, such as medical-surgical nursing to labor and delivery nursing. The fellowship program focuses on helping nurses at all levels of professional practice gain experience in specialty areas. The program emphasizes real-time, on-the-floor learning, including precepted experience utilizing evidence-based competencies, as well as simulations, case studies, class discussions and online modules. The Transitions in Practice program at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate highlights the importance of accrediting all types of transition programs in nursing. Accreditation provides the program with enhanced credibility within the nursing community. The Transitions in Practice program received accreditation with distinction in the highest award granted by the Commission on Accreditation, which highlights the rigor of this homegrown program.

According to Lynn Newberry, administrative director of professional practice and critical care at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, the nurse fellowship program’s modular courses enable educators to provide nurses with more individualized programming. “Our professional development specialists coordinate RNs’ onboarding and training experience, focusing on each RN’s unique needs,” she said.

“Bon Secours has demonstrated to the nursing community that all levels of nursing need transition programs, and by seeking accreditation of their program they have raised the bar for all RN fellowship programs,” said Sheryl Cosme, senior manager of operations of the Practice Transition Accreditation Program at ANCC.

To learn more about Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Transitions in Practice RN fellowship program, please visit To learn more about the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program, please visit

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV), the fourth-largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together an expanding network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide high-quality health care and wellness services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 12,500 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopedics, emergency services, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.

About ANCC
ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education, skills competency programs, and transition-to-practice programs. ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs. ANCC continues to drive nursing excellence, quality care, and improved outcomes globally through innovation, research, and operational positive practice.

ANCC is part of the ANA Enterprise. The ANA Enterprise comprises the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American Nurses Foundation.

About the ANCC Accreditation Program
The ANCC Accreditation program recognizes the importance of high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE), skills-based competency, and nurse practice transition programs. Around the world, ANCC accredited organizations provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to help improve care and patient outcomes. Accreditation by ANCC validates that a nursing residency or fellowship program has been operationalized to meet ANCC standards, regardless of whether the curriculum is developed inhouse or purchased from a provider. Use of any course/material/service does not imply eligibility for or successful performance in the submission of credential applications, nor is it a requirement to qualify for accreditation. ANCC does not endorse any products or services. 

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