Jeff Carman


Product Spotlight: Academic-Practice Bridge for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Versant, the only competency-based solution dedicated to developing all nurses, is pleased to offer an Academic-Practice Bridge Program for advanced practice registered nurses.

Many nurses graduate from nursing school unprepared for the rigors of modern practice, and APRNs are no exception. Healthcare organizations have long identified the need for a standardized transition to practice program that begins even before their advanced practitioners graduate.

“Healthcare is increasingly dependent on advanced practice practitioners,” said Versant’s CEO, Larissa Africa. “All organizations must work to close the gap between academic theory and clinical practice. Our competency-based framework bridges the gap between nursing school and bedside practice, transitioning APRNs into confident and competent practitioners.”

Our partners, including The State University of New York (SUNY), recognized an opportunity to utilize Versant’s APRN primary care competencies to validate the performance of their students. As a result, they can be assured their graduates perform at the high standards expected by healthcare organizations.

Over the last 20 years, Versant has proven to be the leader in transition to practice programs. Its work with organizations has resulted in higher quality of care scores, increased retention, improved workforce satisfaction and self-efficacy. Versant’s Competency-Based Framework™ addresses the initial and ongoing clinical and professional development needs of all nurses in all environments where nurses practice including, but not limited to, acute care, ambulatory, rural access, home health, long-term care, and advanced practice. Using Versant’s competency-based framework in an academic setting is a natural extension.

The only competency‐based framework for transforming the continuum of care in nursing, Versant is focused on the assessment, remediation, validation and tracking of the competency of all nurses. Using empirical evidence and robust data, Versant provides its partners with a streamlined process for quantifying organizational performance. Since 1999, Versant has helped its partners increase retention and nurse satisfaction through the development and validation of nurse clinical, professional and leadership skills at the point of care. From new graduate to advanced practice registered nurses, Versant’s solutions meet the needs of the entire health system.

Versant solutions now include New Graduate ResidencyNurse Transition FellowshipAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse FellowshipPreceptor Role DevelopmentAcademic-Practice Bridge Programs for APRNs and New Graduate RNsLong-Term Care Transition to PracticeHome Health Transition to PracticeCase ManagementCompetency Currency Management, and Self-Care and Professional Development for the Nursing Workforce.