Transition to Practice (TTP) Program

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The TTP Program at OHSU supports nurses in role transitions - new to the profession, new to the specialty, or new to the organization. We value and promote a commitment to lifelong learning and will provide the tools, resources, and support to grow as a nursing professional. We seek out nurses who demonstrate strengths in self-management, self-directivity, self-reflection, and feedback. We strive for excellence by developing a diverse workforce that provides optimal, safe care to patients and the community through a standardized structure and process that supports nurse’s growth and development. 

The TTP Program framework is based on the O'Rourke Professional Practice Model where nurses are challenged to practice knowing and owning their professional role. This program is self-directed. Nurses identify personal strengths and gaps and use those to navigate their own growth. There are specific milestones on the journey to independent practice. Independent practice is achieved when the “Advanced Beginner” stage (Level 1) is reached. Level 1 means demonstrating the ability to seek resources, support, and guidance with the ultimate focus on patient safety to grow practice in the new specialty care unit at OHSU.

While the structure of the TTP Program is standardized, orientation is individualized and greatly depends on internal motivators to dig into strengths, areas of growth, and engagement in feedback. We have learned that success with transition relies on curiosity and the desire to never stop growing. Our patients depend on it. In addition to lifelong learning, our values include transparency, fostering self-discovery, partnership and collaboration, creativity and innovation, quality and safety, simplifying complexity, and fun!

Nurse Residency Program*

  • New graduate nurses entering the nursing profession and/or less than 1 year experience.

Nurse Specialty Fellowship Program*

  • Experienced nurses transitioning to a completely new specialty-population. For example, an Acute Care Nurse transitioning to the Intensive Care Unit; or a Community-based Nurse transitioning to an Inpatient Unit.

Nurse Fellowship Program

  • Experienced nurses either new to OHSU or internal transfers, transitioning to a specialty-population that is related to their experience.  For example, an Intensive Care Unit nurse transitioning to PeriAnesthesia; or an Inpatient Med-Surg Nurse transitioning to another Adult Inpatient Unit.

* The Residency and Specialty Fellowship Tracks are cohorted together.

  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing for external hires; Baccalaureate degree preferred for internal nurse candidates.
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing awarded from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) by 30 days before the start date.
  • Current unencumbered Oregon RN license by 1 week before the start date.
  • Current BLS certification awarded by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA by the start date.
  • Current advanced certifications (e.g. ACLS, NRP, PALS) are required in specific care areas by the start date and must be awarded by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA by the start date. Refer to on the Department Specific Addendums for requirements.
  • Successful completion of the TTP program necessitates attendance during all learning activities.  
    • Vacation, paid or unpaid leave requests within 8-weeks to 18-weeks from the start date depending on the TTP Track are not permitted. All other vacation, paid or unpaid leave requests are subject to compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement between ONA and OHSU.  Start dates may be delayed depending on TTP Program requirements and compliance with leave agreement.
  • A minimum score of 11/18 on OHSU Nurse Interview Evaluation Tool.
  • Review RN Role Description and Department Specific Addendum.
  • Resume (include details about senior clinical rotation or previous nursing experience, anticipated graduation date or degree details, and Oregon RN licensure or endorsement, BLS certification, and required advanced certifications if applicable).
  • Complete the TTP Questionnaire (link provided in Job Posting) and upload with application.
  • Job Postings open for applications 8-16 weeks prior to the start date for cohort.
  • Fellowship Job Postings open for applications when available.

Nurse Residency Tracks

  • 4A Transplant/Urology/Plastics & 14A General Surgery
  • 5A/5C/14C Medicine
  • 5B/6B Emergency Department Observation
  • 7C-11K Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit
  • 9K Orthopedics
  • 10A Emergency General Surgery & 13A Trauma
  • 10D Epilepsy Monitoring & Clinical Research
  • 13K Medical/Surgical Oncology
  • 14K Bone Marrow Transplant
  • 10K Neurosciences Intermediate Care Unit
  • Outpatient Care Unit (OCU) on the South Waterfront

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: January 24, 2022 (External ONA) and January 31, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: April 18, 2022 (External ONA) and April 25, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: July 25, 2022 (External ONA) and August 1, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Fall Cohort Start Date: October 17, 2022 (External ONA) and October 24, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 7A Medical ICU
  • 7C Neurosciences ICU
  • 8C Trauma Surgical ICU
  • 12K Cardiovascular ICU
  • 8D Adult Emergency Department
  • 6A PeriAnesthesia

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: May 16, 2022 (External ONA) and May 23, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: August 29, 2022 (External ONA) and September 6, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 6S South Adult Operating Room
  • CHH Ambulatory Operating Room
  • 8C Pediatric Operating Room

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 12A Neonatal ICU
  • 8N Pediatric ICU
  • 8D Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Float Pool
  • 8S Pediatric PeriAnesthesia
  • 8S Pediatric Sedation

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: May 16, 2022 (External ONA) and May 23, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: August 29, 2022 (External ONA) and September 6, 2022 (Internal ONA)

Specialty Fellowship Tracks

  • 5A/5C/14C Medicine
  • 5B/6B Emergency Department Observation
  • 7C-11K Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit
  • 9K Orthopedics
  • 10A Emergency General Surgery & 13A Trauma
  • 10D Epilepsy Monitoring & Clinical Research
  • 13K Medical/Surgical Oncology
  • 14K Bone Marrow Transplant
  • 10K Neurosciences Intermediate Care Unit
  • Outpatient Care Unit (OCU) on the South Waterfront

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: January 24, 2022 (External ONA) and January 31, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: April 18, 2022 (External ONA) and April 25, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: July 25, 2022 (External ONA) and August 1, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Fall Cohort Start Date: October 17, 2022 (External ONA) and October 24, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 7A Medical ICU
  • 7C Neurosciences ICU
  • 8C Trauma Surgical ICU
  • 12K Cardiovascular ICU
  • 8D Adult Emergency Department
  • 6A PeriAnesthesia
  • CHH PeriAnesthesia

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: May 16, 2022 (External ONA) and May 23, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: August 29, 2022 (External ONA) and September 6, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 6S South Operating Room
  • CHH Operating Room
  • 8C Pediatric Operating Room

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • 8N Pediatric ICU
  • 8D Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Float Pool
  • 8S Pediatric PeriAnesthesia
  • 8S Pediatric Sedation

2022:

  • Winter Cohort Start Date: February 7, 2022 (External ONA) and February 14. 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Spring Cohort Start Date: May 16, 2022 (External ONA) and May 23, 2022 (Internal ONA)
  • Summer Cohort Start Date: August 29, 2022 (External ONA) and September 6, 2022 (Internal ONA)

Fellowship Tracks

  • 4A Transplant/Urology/Plastics & 14A General Surgery
  • 5A/5C/14C Medicine
  • 5B/6B Emergency Department Observation
  • 7C-11K Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit
  • 9K Orthopedics
  • 10A Emergency General Surgery & 13A Trauma
  • 10D Epilepsy Monitoring & Clinical Research
  • 13K Medical/Surgical Oncology
  • 14K Bone Marrow Transplant
  • 10K Neurosciences Intermediate Care Unit
  • Outpatient Care Unit (OCU) on the South Waterfront

Go to OHSU HR Careers Nursing Job to apply. 

  • Critical Care Float Pool
  • 8D Adult Emergency Department
  • 6A Adult PeriAnesthesia
  • CHH Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia

Go to OHSU HR Careers Nursing Job to apply. 

  • 6S South Operating Room
  • CHH Operating Room
  • 8C Pediatric Operating Room

Go to OHSU HR Careers Nursing Job to apply. 

  • 12A Neonatal ICU
  • 8N Pediatric ICU
  • 8D Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Float Pool
  • 8S Pediatric PeriAnesthesia
  • 8S Pediatric Sedation

Go to OHSU HR Careers Nursing Job to apply. 

  • 11C Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab
  • 11B Procedural Care Unit
  • Recovery Float Pool

Go to OHSU HR Careers Nursing Job to apply.