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Bon Secours Mary Immaculate RN residency program receives accreditation from ANCC

Practice Transition Accreditation Program creates framework for transitioning RNs and APRNs

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital new Graduate Nurse Residency Program is one of the first 5 RN residency programs in the United States to obtain accreditation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP).

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate RN residency program helps newly licensed nurses transition into the nursing profession. The program was designed to give nurses who are new to the profession, time and support during their first 6 months of transition. The RN residency program has been successful in using valid and reliable tools to evaluate the effectiveness of this homegrown program.

As an accredited program, the new Graduate Nurse Residency at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, integrates national competencies that meet PTAP standards. Bon Secours Mary Immaculate also has strong organizational leadership that fully supports the program and enables the program to meet its goals. Lynn Newberry, administrative director of critical care services and professional practice at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, says executive and senior leadership support is very strong. “Our CNO is very supportive and active in the program, participating in evaluations and attending classes,” she said.

“The Bon Secours Mary Immaculate RN residency program demonstrates how organizational leadership contributes to a successful transition to practice program, because without strong support, these types of programs would not exist” said Sheryl Cosme, senior manager of operations of the Practice Transition Accreditation Program at ANCC.

To learn more about Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital new Graduate Nurse Residency 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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