BENNINGTON, Vt.— Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s practice transition program has been granted a four-year accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the U.S. to have received the accreditation.

Receiving the accreditation required a yearslong expansion of the program to welcome new graduate nurses. In the past, the medical center welcomed new nurse graduates with an internship, which included one to two weeks of intensive classroom time and an orientation on the unit.

The yearlong program connects registered nurses with nurse educators, leaders and skilled preceptors for mentorship. It incorporates clinical skills assessments, and hones the interpersonal and organizational skills needed to coordinate care with a team of health care providers on the job.