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Critical Care Fellowship

CHI Memorial RN Critical Care Fellowship is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. 

CHI Memorial began this fellowship program in June 2020 with the intent to provide structured training for experienced nurses who want to work in critical care departments but do not have prior experience in an intensive care environment.  

The Registered Nurse Critical Care Fellowship Program has two phases.  Phase one is 12 weeks and lays the groundwork through instruction on critical care concepts and provides precepted critical care experience.  Phase two follows the fellow through the remainder of his/her first year of experience in critical care. The fellowship program has a proven track record of success for new critical care nurses at CHI Memorial. 

The Registered Nurse Critical Care Fellowship Program is offered at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hospital Hixson.  Any registered nurse who applies for a job in a critical care unit but does not have prior critical care experience will automatically join the fellowship program upon hire. 

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 and that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. Nurses in accredited transition programs, like CHI Memorial’s Registered Nurse Critical Care Fellowship Program, experience curricula that promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors necessary to deliver safe, high-quality care. 

(l-r) Caroline Turner, RN, CVICU RN Fellow, Amanda Nelms, BSN, RN, CCRN, CCU Manager, Valerie Vargo, BSN, RN, CEN, CVRN-BC, RN Fellowship Coordinator, Taylor Davis, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC, MICU RN Fellow