Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Nurse Residency Program Nationally Accredited


STHS Nurse Residency Program Achieves National Accreditation
Only 2nd Nurse Residency Program in Louisiana to Achieve Accreditation


COVINGTON –The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has announced accreditation of St. Tammany Health System’s Nurse Residency Program, only the second health system in Louisiana and 161st in the United States, to achieve the recognition.


“The vision to create a transitional program that mentored our new graduates into becoming confident, critical thinkers goes back to 2008-2009,” STHS Chief Nursing Officer Kerry Milton said. “Our first group of residents to participate was in 2011. This recognition validates that our program promotes quality and safety by reducing nurse turnover, increasing job satisfaction and improving clinical competence. Congratulations to all the nurse leaders, educators, preceptors and residents that participated in the development, implementation, transformation and support of the program.”


ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. Nurses in accredited transition programs, like STHS Nurse Residency Program, experience curricula that promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary to deliver safe, high-quality care.


“With ANCC Accreditation, our transitioning nurses gain the skills and confidence needed to perform effectively within a new practice setting,” Joan Coffman, STHS president/CEO, said. “Sincere congratulations to the dedicated team that pursued this well-deserved recognition of our vision, for their tenacity, professionalism and perseverance. I am grateful for their efforts to lift our mission to new heights.”




St. Tammany Health System is the heartbeat of its community, caring for patients and families with excellence, compassion and teamwork; it will strengthen the health of its community with compassion, innovation and partnership and is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health . Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, each retains its autonomy; neither manages nor owns the other. Self-supporting, not-for-profit STHS receives no tax funding. More at

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments; and accredit providers and approvers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs. More at