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The Versant® Difference

“An organization that doesn’t set zero defects as its goal is saying that it will accept defects that can harm patients.” – Dr. Robert A Caplan, Medical Director of Quality, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Studies have found over 250,000 deaths occur annually in the United States due to medical error1. A fragmented approach to delivering safe care is both costly and ineffective. An organization must take the initiative to ensure all nursing care is performed competently. Versant® offers a unified way to ensure that all nurses are competent and supported in their practice.

Versant fundamentally transforms the healthcare workforce by offering an integrated competency-based system that defines, implements, and validates state of the art practices to achieve positive patient outcomes. The Versant Competency-Based system integrates within an organization, providing a comprehensive and systematic approach to:

  • Measuring and evaluating clinical competencies throughout the career of each nurse
  • Educating each nurse to remediate any identified competency gaps
  • Onboarding (enculturating) and transitioning nurses to competent and confident practitioners
  • Transitioning experienced nurses into a new specialty area of practice
  • Tracking outcomes to demonstrate, in real time, program ROI and effectiveness

The Versant team guides and strategically orchestrates the application of the Versant Competency-Based System. With many years of experience in implementing competency-based transition-to-practice and role-development programs, Versant consultants are experts in delivering successful and sustainable results to organizations. Ongoing on-site consultations and a series of evaluative assessments provide Versant clients with insight and guidance into the unique challenges facing their organization. Performance and process metrics are collected, analyzed, and disseminated to demonstrate progress towards organizational goals in real time.

Versant ensures that client organizations have the tools and best practices necessary to reach their desired outcomes.


At the heart of Versant’s Competency-Based System™ are the outcomes utilized to impact practice, culture and organizational development. Versant’s measured outcomes are categorized into four categories:

  • Patient Safety: Identifying and deploying standardized practices to eliminate avoidable errors.
  • Organizational Capacity: Strategic development of the workforce’s capability to deliver safe, efficient care.
  • Sustainability: Removing outcome variations in highly complex systems to replicate results over time.
  • Economic Benefit: Focusing on fundamental improvements in patient safety, organizational capacity, and sustainability.

Versant’s Competency-Based System is highly adaptable and addresses the needs of a wide variety of health care providers and settings across the country.

Versant offers programs to manage and elevate the competency performance of the entire nursing workforce across all healthcare segments within an organization:

  • New Graduates: Versant New Graduate Nurse Residency™ (VNGNR™)
  • Experienced Hires: Role Development Programs
  • Incumbent Nurses: Versant Competencies Assessment, Acquisition and Tracking System™ (VCATS®)
  • Transitioning Nurses: Versant Transition Nurse Fellowship™ (VTNF™)
  • Advanced Practice: Versant Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Fellowship™ (VAPRNF™)

1Makary Martin A, Daniel Michael. Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US BMJ 2016;353 :i2139

Continuing Nursing Education

Versant® is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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About Versant

Versant's focus is to fundamentally transform healthcare through an integrated competency-based system that defines, implements, and validates state of the art practices to achieve positive patient outcomes.