RN Internship Program accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

January 25, 2018

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is one of 26 organizations—the first in Illinois—to be accredited with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for its RN Internship Program.

The Practice Transition Accreditation Program is ANCC’s global recognition program for residency or fellowship programs that transition RN’s and/or APRN’s into new practice settings.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized as one of only three free-standing children’s hospitals nationwide to be given accreditation with distinction,” said Brian Stahulak, MBA, BSN, Chief Nursing Officer at Lurie Children’s. “This recognition acknowledges the hospital’s commitment to its nurses and their professional development as we prepare them for a rewarding career in the care of children and families."

According to the ANCC, Lurie Children’s excelled in its commitment to the hospital’s overall mission, strong commitment from leadership and the hospital’s support for the professional development of nurses and retention.

Lurie Children’s RN internship program which began in 2002 is an 18-month innovative transition to practice program for the new graduate nurse. It encompasses five components: individualized, precepted orientation, pediatric nursing classes, transition sessions, clinical exchange and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Mentorship. More than 1000 nurses have been through the program.

Lurie Children’s was the first children’s hospital in the country to receive the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and is the only pediatric facility in the country to have earned its 4th Magnet Designation.

The accreditation lasts for three years and will be reevaluated in 2020. To see the full list of accredited organizations, please visit www.nursecredentialing.com.