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    Samuel Merritt University & Sutter Health East Bay Transition to Practice Program

    Introduction

    The Transition to Practice Program leverages the strengths of Samuel Merritt University (SMU) School of Nursing in collaboration with Sutter Health East Bay facilities in the provision of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences which serve to build on the pre-licensure education of new graduates as they move into professional practice roles.
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    Program Highlights

    1. 12 week session; 24-32 hours/week, including 8 hours didactic, simulation, or project work every week.
    2. Residency takes place on dedicated unit and is designed to enhance psychomotor skills, disease process management, critical thinking, delegation, and time management.
    3. Across the continuum of life curriculum provided builds on pre-licensure competencies.
    4. Participants share the patient care assignment of an RN preceptor, based on the RN's schedule.
    5. Unit placement based on opportunities offered by the clinical facility, pre-licensure area of preceptorship, volunteer experience, and work history. 
    6. Weekly clinical conferences with intern, preceptor, faculty, and clinical educator to ensure that needs of all team members are met.
    7. Participants who meet all program requirements receive a certificate of completion from SMU. BSN credit provided. Credits are transferrable to CEUs for RN license renewal.
    While the intent of the program is to assist the registered nurse there is not a guarantee of employment at completion.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How to Apply

    Application dates are June 1 - June 21.

    Apply online at www.samuelmerritt.edu/t2p


    Please indicate in the essay the desired specialty area of interest:

    • Medical Telemetry
    • Medical Surgical
    It is important to understand each applicant's desired area of discipline to help ensure success. Only indicate one area of interest.
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    Agreement

    • Nurses accepted into the Transition to Practice Program at Sutter Health are expected to adhere to professional/ethical standards of performance during the internship as required by Sutter Health and the profession.

    • The intern will maintain Sutter Health Standards of Behavior and maintain the integrity of a registered nurse at all times.

    • Upon successful completion the intern may be offered a position if there are unit needs and positions available.  Employment is not guaranteed.

    • The intern has the option to receive the training and utilize this information on his/her resume when seeking employment from another organization.

    • The intern agrees to practice within his/her legal scope of practice as defined by the California Board of Registered Nurses.

    • The intern acknowledges that the internship is “at will” and may be terminated at anytime, by either party.

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    Internship Termination

    The internship may be terminated for the following reasons:

    • Failure to attend internship as set forth by this agreement.
    • Failure to comply with Sutter Health Standards of Behavior.
    • Failure to comply with Sutter Health Privacy Act/HIPAA regulations.
    • Failure to follow Sutter Health policies and procedures.
    • At will and anytime during the internship the intern may be terminated from the contract agreement.

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    Addendum A: Telemetry Department Requirements

    • Recently obtained Registered Nursing License from the Board of Registered Nursing (submit electronic copy with cover letter/resume)
    • If selected to participate in the Internship program, the intern will have five business days to provide proof of personal liability insurance coverage to the hospital
    • Needed certifications: American Heart Association(AHA)BLS Healthcare Provider, AHA ACLS(electronic copies to be submitted with cover letter/resume)
    • Ability to commit to 24 hours per week of non paid training for a period of 8 weeks

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    Addendum B: Medical/Surgical Department Requirements

    • Recently obtained Registered Nursing License from the Board of Registered Nursing (submit electronic copy with cover letter/resume)
    • If selected to participate in the Internship program, the intern will have five business days to provide proof of personal liability insurance coverage to the hospital
    • Needed certifications: American Heart Association(AHA)BLS Healthcare Provider(electronic copy to be submitted with cover letter/resume)
    • Ability to commit to 24 hours per week of non paid training for a period of 8 weeks

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