Training Programs

As a premier academic medical center, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco are dedicated to supporting new nurses who are entering practice as well as experienced nurses who are changing specialty areas.

Throughout the year we offer programs especially designed for these transitions and new programs are posted on our career website at www.ucsfhealth.org/jobs.

A variety of teaching methods are used to enhance the learning experience including didactic instruction, group discussions, skills laboratories, simulation, precepted clinical experiences, competency-based orientation, and online learning.  

The Institute for Nursing Excellence (INEx) provides several training programs to facilitate Nursing professional development

Career Development Training Program (CDTP):  The CDTP is designed to facilitate professional growth and new career opportunities for UCSF Medical Center registered nurses who desire to transition from their current practice area to another practice area.    Our overall goal is to provide a structure that will support our internal UCSF nurses and provide them with additional career mobility. 

New Nurse Residency Training Program (NNRTP):  The NNRTP is designed for newly graduated RNs to safely and successfully launch their nursing careers at UCSF Medical Center.  The NNRTP is comprised of two phases.  Phase I is a rigorous schedule that features didactic instruction interspersed with clinical precepted time.  Phase II builds off of Phase I and features monthly educational programming and simulation experiences to continue the NNRTP participants’ professional development and clinical judgment.  Our overall goal is to provide a structured series of learning experiences coupled with precepted time to support the transition of newly graduated nurses into the Advanced Beginner stage of skill acquisition as they begin their careers at UCSF Medical Center.     

External Experienced Training Program (EETP):  The EETP is designed to facilitate professional growth and new career opportunities for external experienced registered nurses who desire to transition into UCSF Medical Center to work in a new practice area for which they lack the hiring qualifications for that practice area without the support of this training program. Our overall goal is to provide a structure that will support our external experienced nurses and provide them with additional career mobility. 

Re-Entry Training Program (RETP):  The RETP is designed for experienced registered nurses who are transitioning into a practice area and who lack the current clinical experience necessary or knowledge and skills of the new practice area to which they are transitioning without the support of this training program.  These transitions include experienced Registered Nurses with at least 2 years of clinical experience and who fit one of the following:

  • Have been out of the direct care RN role for at least 2 years
  • Have never worked as a direct care RN in a hospital setting

The RETP is comprised of a rigorous schedule that features didactic instruction interspersed with clinical precepted time.  Our overall goal is to provide a structured series of learning experiences coupled with precepted time to support the transition of experienced registered nurses as they re-launch their careers at UCSF Medical Center.