Helping nurses transition from school to work

Baptist College of Health Sciences recently earned a $16,000 Tennessee Hospital Association grant to implement the Transition into Practice Socialization (TIPS) program for new nurses.

TIPS is a collaborative effort between Baptist College’s division of nursing and Baptist Memphis.

The program’s goal is to ease a new nurse’s transition from school to work. The first part of the program will introduce the customs and daily rituals of professional practice to nursing students early in their senior year. TIPS will also focus on recruitment and retention, multigenerational challenges and defining the workforce of the future.

“Nurses play such an important role in a hospital that it can be overwhelming for new nurses,” said Dr. Anne Plumb, Baptist College’s dean of nursing. “We created this program to prepare our students so they know what to expect when they begin working.”

Another part of the program will involve pairing new Baptist Memphis nurses with experienced nurses who can serve as mentors and provide additional support.

“We have an extremely talented and knowledgeable group of nurses who have so much to offer,” said Michelle Smith, Baptist Memphis’ chief nursing officer.  “I am excited to see how our new nurses will benefit from their wisdom.”

TIPS will be rolled out to Baptist Memphis units and shared with other chief nursing officers throughout the Baptist system.