Clinical Academy Transition into Practice (TIP) Nurse Residency (New Graduate RN) & Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce that Providence St. Joseph Health Nursing Institute – Clinical Academy Residence program has recently been awarded accreditation with distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

The curriculum and experience created by our Clinical Academy team earned the full 3 year accreditation for practice transition programs. This means our nursing residency program for nurses with less than 12 months’ experience exceeds the global standards for preparing our nurses to transition to a new care setting. Our accredited residency focuses on preparing nurses to practice in the following settings:

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Perinatal (excluding NICU)
  • Medical Surgical
  • Telemetry

Providence California Hospitals’ Clinical Academy TIP program has been thoughtfully created to support your career growth and advancement.

New Graduate RNs/ Resident: The TIP Residency program is an exceptional professional development program designed to support your progression as a new graduate RN (Resident) from education to practice as you transition into your first professional nursing role.

Experienced RNs/ Fellow: The TIP Fellowship program is designed for your career advancement, through support for your transition into a new clinical practice specialty.


  • Nurse Resident: Newly graduated RN; graduated within the last 18 months and who has fewer than 12 months of experience.
  • Nurse Fellow: Experienced RN with more than 12 months of experience in the same practice setting.

Providence nursing is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which each resident and fellow is able to realize their maximum potential and contribute to the success of the nursing profession in caring for our patients, families, communities and each other.

The application for the January, 2020 TIP program will be open Monday, September 23rd, 2019 through Monday, October 7th, 2019.

TIP programs include:

  • Core Common Curriculum for the Nurse Resident
  • Specialty Specific Curriculum blending both on-line and classroom based learning
  • A Preceptor supported clinical practicum
  • Clinical Simulation scenarios for skill acquisition
  • Ongoing evaluation and feedback

Length of programs vary based on the complexity of the specialty and the needs of each resident or fellow. Programs can range from several weeks to several months in duration.

Note: Newly graduated nurses (RNs) enter into practice only through the TIP Residency Program which is offered in the winter, spring, and late summer.

Transition into Practice: Program Objectives

The Transition into Practice (TIP) Nurse Residency and Fellowship programs emphasize interprofessional, collaborative, patient-centered care. TIP nurses will gain:

  • Clinical coaching in a Preceptor-led environment, building practice-based clinical skills and professional practice development in a defined practice setting caring for a unique patient population
  • Effective patient and family care focused communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge in evidence-based nursing practice
  • Hands-on experience with Quality and Safety Education Nursing (QSEN) based curriculum
  • Providence nurses play an integral role in a variety of practice settings as part of Providence’s patient-centered practice model. Interprofessional team-based professional practice partnerships are foundational in our approach to caring for those we serve.

Program Features

TIP nurses are required to complete the full program as designed to include course work, preceptor based clinical emersion, and clinical simulation sessions. Rotation length may vary depending on the practice area specialty. TIP candidates are encouraged to work in the new practice specialty for 24 months following the completion of their TIP program before they seek to apply for transfer to a new practice specialty.

Residents and Fellows are expected to:

Travel within the Southern California region:

  • During the TIP program, Residents and Fellows are required to travel within the Providence Southern California region to obtain the full educational program.

Work a varying schedule:

  • Residents and Fellows are required to work the schedule of their Preceptor(s) in order to best gain clinical and workflow skills.
  • During the program, schedules will vary based on the progression within the program and specialty, primarily working 36-40 hrs. each week for the duration of the precepted clinical time.  

Practice specialties may include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Case Management
  • Cath Lab
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Float Pool
  • GI/Endoscopy
  • Hospice
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Medical Surgical / Telemetry
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Oncology
  • Operating Room
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Pediatrics
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Post-Partum
  • Progressive Care Unit
  • Sub-Acute Care
  • Transitional Care

The application for the January, 2020 TIP program will be open Monday, September 23rd, 2019 through Monday, October 7th, 2019.