CINCINNATIóUC Health University Hospital partnered with the U.S. Air Force to recognize 15 Air Force nurses graduating from the Nurse Transition Program (NTP) Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Mont Reid Pavilion Surgical Amphitheater.
The NTP is a hands-on training opportunity designed to provide novice-level nurses with the clinical training and experience needed to become a U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps officer.
As part of the NTP, the 15 nurses spent nine weeks under the training of University Hospital nurse preceptors. NTP nurses also completed rotations at University Hospitalís Center for Emergency Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Burn Unit, Endoscopy Clinic, Holmes Same-Day Surgery and Respiratory Therapy.
University Hospital was the first civilian hospital in the country to offer the NTP program; the majority of NTP graduates go to USAF medical centers in the continental U.S. to continue building their clinical skills. The hospital also partners with the USAF to host the C-Stars program, which provides training for critical care RNs, MDs and respiratory therapists to prepare for emergency treatment and transportation of wounded military personnel in a combat arena. Families of the graduates were present, along with Maj. Gen. Kimberly Siniscalchi, assistant U.S. Air Force surgeon general, medical force development, and Maj. Ginger Miller, chief of the Nurse Transition Program.