May 14, 2018

Mather NursingPORT JEFFERSON, NY – Mather Hospital has been accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the first Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice residency program in New York State.

“Achieving accreditation for a graduate nurse program demonstrates the value that nursing has within an organization,” said Brandy L. Feliu MSN, RN, Assistant Vice President for Nursing Professional Development. “At Mather we focus on the lifelong learning process of our nurses. We involve them in educational activities that develop and maintain their competence and performance. These continued activities have a positive impact on the ability of nurses to deliver high quality and safe patient care in all practice settings and environments.”

The purpose of the program is to help new nurses develop more skills, competency and confidence. We continuously develop our new nurses through our year-long curriculum. We mentor and coach them,” she said.

“When support and guidance are provided from the initial stages of a nurse’s career it generally leads to higher job satisfaction and greater retention. Lower turnover rates of graduate nurses equates to better patient care. Nursing leadership at Mather is thoroughly committed to the transition process of graduate nurses.”

Nursing research studies have shown that nurse residency programs increase the retention and satisfaction of new graduate nurses. The program helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice, supporting the new graduate nurses in patient care. Nurse residency programs are recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Institute of Medicine report: The Future of Nursing published in 2010, and the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP).

The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program™ sets the global standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings.

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About Mather Hospital

Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather is the only Hospital on Long Island to receive the top “A” rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group in the latest rating period. Mather also was ranked 21st out of almost 250 hospitals in New York State in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit or “Like” us on Facebook at

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 600 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit