University of Cincinnati Medical Center

3188 Bellevue Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219 | 513-584-1000

Getting Ready for the NTP

A Typical Week at NTP Cincinnati

Each week, Transition Nurses (TNs) work three to four shifts on a clinical unit. Dedicated nurse preceptors, permanently assigned to these units, provide direct supervision, guidance and structure.

Generally, we maintain a ratio of one transition nurse (TN) to one dedicated preceptor. The transition nurse works the duty schedule assigned to their dedicated preceptor. The majority of clinical days are 12-hour shifts. Rotation between day and night shifts, and some weekends, may be required. There may be changes to the posted schedule.

Every other week we have a scheduled seminar day in which we focus on developing critical thinking skills and continue orienting you 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

You will perform patient care so bring any needed personal nursing supplies (stethoscope, hemostats, scissors, drug book, etc.).  You have very limited space in your billeting room, so bring basic essentials only.

If you do not have one, please consider investing in a laptop computer.

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