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Blog spotlight: Poll takes a look at time frames for new grad orientation

Nurse Leader Insider, March 9, 2009

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Orientation is a critical, and often stressful, period for new graduate nurses. Adapting to a new facility, trying to remember everything from nursing school, and applying the knowledge learned in nursing school at the bedside are all tall tasks in themselves. But a supportive work environment, and some time, can ease the transition for new grads.

In a recent QuickPoll featured on www.HCPro.com's nursing resource page, we explored the matter by asking polltakers how long their facility's orientation program was for new graduates, selecting one of the following time frames:

  • Less than one month
  • One to three months
  • Four to six months
  • More than six months

Curious about the results? One hundred percent of polltakers work in facilities in which orientation lasts "one to three months."

Click here to share your opinion about whether this is an adequate time period for new graduate orientation.

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