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RN Transition to Practice program

The RN Transition to Practice Program assists the post-graduate RN in the transition from academia to a complex practice environment. This is Oklahoma’s only CCNE accredited RN transition to practice program. This comprehensive curriculum is built upon standards related to clinical, leadership, and professional dimensions. The unique course curriculum covers Veteran-centric content such as the many benefits and services Veterans have through the VA priming the new RN to be an excellent advocate for our nation’s Veterans.

Each post-graduate RN is assigned a preceptor who is an experienced RN who has completed preceptor training. The program provides a formal and informal set of learning opportunities that focus on the VA’s policies, procedures, and standards of care.

The RN transition to Practice program is an employee-based program focusing on the advancement of clinical and critical thinking skills with an emphasis on caring for our nation’s Veterans. The program supports the new RN’s learning and development as they transition into competent, full practicing VA nurses. Experienced nurses guide and support the new RN as they take on the role, duties, patient care activities and procedures performed by RNs. The new RN is introduced to key persons and structures needed to execute institutional and departmental routines. Research shows that RNTTP residency programs positively impact nurses, patients, and health systems.

Program goals

The program serves to enhance retention of competent RNs for careers within the VA. It also increases opportunities for new RNs to participate in a structured precepting/mentoring program focusing on clinical competencies and improving professional confidence. A nurse residency, focused on developmental concepts, attracts new nurse graduates and the organization enjoys the benefits of competent nurses with the bonus of low turnover.


The new RN will accrue annual and sick leave as well as paid Federal holidays and benefits. The new RN will be experiencing a comprehensive view of the inpatient clinical experience with a progressive level of responsibility once on their primary unit. Salaries are competitive and are based on a Nurse Professional Standards Board appointment. There is weekend/off-shift and holiday differentials. Monthly didactic learning days are provided to help support the new RN through their practice transition. A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the program.

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System employees in their first RN role. They must be a U.S. citizen and fluent in English. The new RN should be a graduate from an AACN or CCNE accredited nursing program and should hold a current, full and unrestricted RN license. All applicants must submit to background screening, physical exam, drug testing and credentialing verification of education and employment.

How to apply

Anyone interested that meets eligibility requirements should apply for a RN position at the VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System position on Applications are submitted online. Although applications are taken year-round, new employees will be divided into either a spring or fall cohort. Recommendations are to prepare a curriculum Vitae or resume, request transcripts from colleges attended and obtain three letters of recommendation to prepare for next steps of the hiring process. For any questions, please contact our nurse recruiter:

Angela Peters
405- 456-5607

Application date

Applications are accepted year round based on job availability on