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Credentialing advances the profession of nursing by both encouraging and recognizing professional achievement. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, the value of certification as a mark of excellence is more important than ever.


Achieving certification demonstrates to patients and the public that a nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities meet rigorous national standards – and reflects a deep commitment to patient safety and advancing the profession of nursing. 

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New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Representing the top 5% of almost 1000 applicants 

SHC’s renowned Nurse Residency Program established 14 years ago, provides a robust structure for a new graduate’s transition into the practice of nursing.  The program, over the span of one year, is based on the Vizient pillars of professional role development, leadership enhancement, and driving quality patient outcomes to support new graduate nurses with their role development, skill competency, and clinical reasoning skills. 

In 2019 alone almost 1000 new grads applied to this prestigious program and only the top 5% of applicants were hired at SHC.


Intensified Efforts of 

Caring Science


Stanford Health Care has also committed to partnering with the Watson Caring Science Institute® (WCSI) as an Affiliate healthcare system. As part of the commitment to WCSI, SHC has been steadfast and strategic in infusing Caring Science into key structures and programs throughout the organization. In October of 2019, almost 30 SHC RNs joined in with over 1000 nurses & Interprofessionals at the 24th International Caritas Consortium (ICC), at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. This ICC event celebrated 40 Years of Jean Watson’s life-work in Caring Science. 

  • As a panelist, Dale E. Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Caritas Coach® – Chief Nursing Officer of SHC, among with other Caritas Coach Nurse Executives, shared how the Caring Science theory influenced their leadership and organizational goals. 

  • Gisso M. Oreo, MSN, RN-BC (NPD), Caritas Coach, Nursing Professional Development Specialist' Manager for Center for Education and Professional Development and Carole Wilson MPH, MS, RN, CNS, FACHE Nursing Professional Development Specialist presented a poster entitled "Integration of Caring Science in the Development of a Leadership Management Academy (LAMA)" program. 

  • Maleka Virani, MSN, BSN. RN, PCCN, Caritas Coach, Clinical Nurse III, J7- Cardiology Acuity Adaptable Unit presented her poster on "Pulse Check" a Caring Science initiative. 



successfully launched SHC Nursing's 1st strategic cohort 

Mentorship Program

In 2019, the Stanford Nurse Mentoring Program transitioned to a cohort-style system.  Moving forward, there will be 3 cohorts per year to encourage nurses to pursue professional excellence and elevate their personal practice.  The purpose of this revamping was to better support mentoring participants by providing a sense of comradery and a more sophisticated program organization.  The first cohort was launched on September 1, 2019, with over 50 pairs successfully matched!  

If you are interested in signing up to participate as a mentor or mentee in the next rounds of pairings for March 2020, July 2020, or November 2020, visit

APP Mentorship 

Made it to a Podium Presentation at the 2019 Magnet Conference

The innovative Advanced Practice Provider Mentorship Program provides support for new APPs during their transition to their new role, which can be both an exciting, yet stressful and challenging time.  To date, there have been 20 cohorts in Stanford’s APP Mentorship Program, and SHC is proud to claim that there are 120 APPs that have completed or are currently participating in the APP Mentorship Program. 

As SHC is growing, so is this program- learn more about this exciting program here!

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