Vail Health’s Transition to Practice program provides education, training and support for new graduate nurses in an effort to ensure their success.

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Transition to Practice Program Brings

Amy Describes the Transition to Practice
Program Offered at Vail Health

Transition to Practice

What is it?

A yearlong program that blends clinical orientation at the bedside with didactic learning, simulation experiences, hands-on skill practice, and development of professional nursing practice competency.


Although nurse residents are hired into various nursing department and spend their clinical time in that department, they are brought together as a cohort and participate in blended learning activities together. The Transition to Practice Program is a 12 month program, and is done in conjunction and outside of with clinical shifts.

The Transition to Practice Program is designed for the nurse with less than 12 months of experience. The program focuses on concepts to help develop the professional nurse, such as delegation, conflict management, and evidence-based practice. Simulation is also utilized for clinical skill practice.


This facilitates additional support and allows the residents to bond and share in their experience as new graduate nurses. The Transition to Practice faculty and the entire Vail Health nursing department is dedicated to creating a supportive and educational environment for the new graduate RN, one that promotes learning and growth and allows for the necessary time for a successful transition into nursing practice.


Vail Health hires new graduate RNs into the Transition to Practice Program twice per year. The positions are posted in November, for a start date at the end of February/early March, and April, for a start date end of July/early August.

Passing the NCLEX is not a requirement to apply, but we will not offer a position to anyone who has not passed the NCLEX. The interview process includes the Transition to Practice faculty as well as the leaders and staff from the department(s) of choice.


For more questions, please reach out to Jessica Ociepka, MSN, RN-BC, Transition to Practice Program Educator at (970)479-5071 or [email protected].