Getting Ready for the NTP
A Typical Week at NTP Scottsdale
Each week Transition Nurses work three to four shifts on a clinical unit. Dedicated nurse preceptors, permanently assigned to these units, provide direct supervision, guidance and structure for robust learning experiences.
Generally, we maintain a ratio of one transition nurse (TN) to one dedicated preceptor. The transition nurse works the duty schedule assigned. The majority of clinical days are 12-hour shifts. The nurse might rotate between day and night shifts, and will work some weekends. There may be occasional changes to the posted schedule, but nurses are alerted if they occur.
Seminar days are scheduled every other week and are focus on developing critical thinking skills and continue orienting the nurse to the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS). Seminars are a mix of lecture, discussion, current events, individual and group projects and clinical scenarios in the simulation center.
Tools of the Trade
Nurses will perform patient care, so bring any needed personal nursing supplies (stethoscope, hemostats, scissors, drug book, etc.).