Vermont Nurses In partnership
Vermont Nurses In Partnership, Inc. (VNIP) is a non-profit public charity comprised of nurse leaders striving to solve current issues in a collaborative, non-traditional manner. The Alliance for Clinical Transition Support (ACTS) provides an international forum focused on improving education and transition to practice for direct care providers. Alliance members represent academia, regulation and various practice settings in both rural and urban settings.
The forum has grown from the initial 45 Vermont-based members that started the work in 1999, to a coalition of over 500 nurse leaders from across the nation and around the world. These proactive healthcare leaders provide the intellectual resources that allow us to develop and deliver intern, new graudate, student, orientee, mentorship, coaching and preceptor development programs.
VNIP exists to assist and support transitions in the
workplace for professional nurses and other staff in healthcare. Collaborative work establishes a framework for transition that is
research and evidenced based and that promotes competent practice
and quality, patient-centered care.
* To promote use of tools, models, and services that support development and validation of competence in staff that are in the midst of transition.
* To provide a framework that is evidenced based, flexible, practical, easily implemented and applicable across the continuum of care.
* To build fiscal and program sustainability of VNIP as a resource that promotes collaboration, quality, and patient safety.
* To expand a network that has a local, national and international influence.
Board of Directors
Jill Lord, M.S., RN
Director of Community Health, Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Patricia Donehower, M.S.N., RN
Lecturer, Dept. of Nursing, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Vermont; Former VP for Clinical Services, VNA of Chittenden and G.I. Counties, VT
Renee Gecsedi, MS, RN
Director, Education, Practice Research; New York State Nurses Association
Linda A. Havey, DNP, MS, RN-BC
Manager, Maternal Child Health Unit, Porter Hospital, Middlebury, VT
Assistant Professor, BSN Nursing, Vermont Technical College
Carol Hodges M.S.N., RN
Nursing Education Coordinator, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital
Vice President, Vermont State Nurse Association
Carmel Dato PhD, NPP, RN
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology
Mary Val Palumbo, Ph.D., RN
Director, AHEC Center for Nursing Workforce Research, Planning, and Development
Sharon Stout-Shaffer, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus, Capital University
Nursing Education Specialist, S4Netquest
Nathaniel A. Waite, BSN, RN
Public Health Nurse II, Vermont Department of Health
Division of Maternal and Child Health, VT Dept of Public Health
VNIP International Faculty
Omnia Helaly, EdD, MSc, DHM, BSN, RN, FHEA
Project Director for Nursing Professonal Development
Magdi Yacoub Foundation, Aswan Heart Center, Aswan, Egypt
Egyptian Cultural Specialist and Consultant for Clinical Transition Framework
Contact Dr Helaly for discussion and/or consultation - email address
VNIP Executive Director
Susan Boyer, DNP, MEd, RN, NPD-BC, ACTS Director
Contact Susan Boyer with comments or recommendations
White Papers and reports
Last updated March 2021