Kaiser residency program receives accreditation for nursing excellence

Kaiser residency program receives accreditation for nursing excellence
Keoni Gist (L) Quasana Banks (R) (Photos courtesy of Kaiser Permanente).

Keoni Gist, a telemetry nurse at Kaiser Permanente Richmond, graduated from Kaiser’s nurse residency program in November 2022. She said she wanted to remain at Kaiser because of the opportunity to learn different nurse specialties, and the support she receives from her colleagues.

“I feel like I work with a community of people who actually care,” Gist said.

Now, Gist is paying it forward by mentoring incoming residents to the program just like she received when she was in residency.

Gist’s experience offers one look into why Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s nurse residency program recently received the Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The credentialing program recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments.

All 21 Kaiser hospitals in Northern California, including Richmond’s, participated in the regional nurse residency program and collectively they were all awarded the PTAP with Distinction. Such hospitals create robust, comprehensive programs for nurses’ transitions into and within the profession, according to Kaiser.

In Kaiser’s program, nurse residents work with experienced staff and learn in acute care clinical settings. Most are choosing to remain at Kaiser Permanente — 92 percent of graduates remain with Kaiser Permanente after one year, compared to the national average of 62 percent.

Benson Yeung, RN, regional director for Patient Care Services, said the PTAP recognition is “a testament to our culture of nursing excellences, and the incredible support our team provides new nurses.”

“We recognize the value this accreditation has not only for our nurse residents, but for our staff who work alongside them and the patients they care for,” Yeung said.

Quasana Banks, BSN, RN, will graduate from the nurse residency program this spring. She joined the program after caring for her ill grandmother and realizing she wanted to do the same for others.

“This program is exactly what I feel a new nurse graduate needs to learn how to practice safely and be confident with their patient care as well as build the relationships with their fellow colleagues,” Banks said.

For more information about the nurse residency program, go here.