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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Earns Distinguished Nurse Residency Accreditation November 11, 2020

Beaumont, TX – CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is proud to announce that the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs accredited the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Nurse Residency Program at St. Elizabeth Hospital with distinction as a Practice Transition Program. This 4-year accreditation is the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program.

The Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) organizations like St. Elizabeth set the standard for residency that help transition newly registered nurses (RNs) into various practice settings. The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation include:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatrics
  • Operating Room
  • Same Day/Ambulatory Procedure
  • Emergency Department

“The accreditation is exciting for both our hospital and the future of nursing in our region,” says Michelle Hammerly, MS, Director of Education, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “PTAP accreditation gives our nurse residents confidence that their education and training at St. Elizabeth will prepare them to successfully transition from academia to the professional setting.”

The residency program is a 12-month program that incorporates a blended learning approach including online courseware, simulation, and content experts in a classroom setting. Additionally, residents receive a customized education plan specific to their pathway, which also outlines their service line support team.

We encourage new graduate nurses interested in joining the CHRISTUS team to contact Talent Acquisition at (409) 236-4799 or email