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.

Mission/VISION Statement:

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, FAAN
Contact Susan Boyer with comments or recommendations

Alliance Newsletter Editor

Peg Daley, RN, Clinical Education and Organizational Development Specialist 


White Papers and reports

VNIP Clinical Transition Framework and Evidence

Impact of Nurse Residency on Transition

VNIP Outcomes Summary

VNIP Bylaws

Copyright and Fair Use


Last updated March 2021