New Nurse Graduate Transition to Practice Program

Continue Your Nursing Journey

Samaritan’s New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program provides registered nurses with a transition between nursing school and independent patient care. It gives new graduate nurses an opportunity to fine tune skills while receiving competitive nursing wages and comprehensive benefits. The program offers focused, multidisciplinary classroom training, as well as a customized preceptor clinical experience. Both the didactic and clinical components emphasize the transition skills and knowledge base you will need to bridge the gap between school and workplace. Candidates apply to and orient in a specific health care setting such as ambulatory care, critical care, emergency, med-surg, perioperative and perinatal.

While completing the program, you will be paid nursing wages and may receive comprehensive benefits. All along the way, you will have the support and guidance of highly trained, caring professionals. 

The program is six-months and is structured to support newly licensed registered nurses transition into their first role in an acute care setting as a professional nurse. The program also supports fellowships that allow experienced RNs to transfer into another specialty. The program aims to recruit and retain the most talented nursing professionals to maintain a stable nursing workforce to continue to drive quality patient outcomes and elevate nursing practice.


  • Make the transition from advanced beginner RN to competent professional RN in the clinical environment.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Develop the necessary critical thinking skills.
  • Provide leadership at the point of care.
  • Strengthen commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice into daily practice.
  • Improved patient outcomes.
  • Increased retention rates.
  • Incorporate the following nationally recognized competencies while transitioning to practice:
  • Practice transition accreditation program.
  • Quality and safety education for nurses.
  • Institute of Medicine core competencies needed for health care professionals.
  • Association of Nursing professional development.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduated within 12 months of application and less than six months of acute care RN experience.
  • Hold an unencumbered license in the state of Oregon.
  • Experienced nurses wishing to transition into a different specialty.

Program Highlights

  • Partnership between community nursing schools and Samaritan Health Services.
  • Six-month program with monthly seminars.
  • Support and guidance from clinical nurse educators, clinical development generalists and practice transitions program manager during six-month program.
  • Access to preceptors and mentorship.
  • Evidence-based learning.
  • Professional development plan.

Explore Our Nursing Internships & Programs

Samaritan Health Services offers internships and programs that focus on the health care setting you are passionate about. Learn more about each of the available settings.

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