Work environments that support excellence in nursing practice should be established for all levels of nurses, but it is essential to provide this solid foundation for nurses beginning their professional careers. By providing an evidence-based and relationship-centered onboarding structure for new graduate nurses and those who transition from one specialty to another, we can put into place structures and processes to prevent unhealthy work environments that contribute to medical errors, ineffective delivery of care, and conflict and stress among health care professionals. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), we have established 2 nationally accredited transition-to-practice programs that provide a robust infrastructure for onboarding nurses that enhances staff recruitment and retention and encourages nurses to practice to their utmost potential.

The Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics was founded at CHLA in 1999 to support new graduate nurses as they transition from school to...

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