Nursing

Ask the expert: Developing a charge nurse orientation

Nurse Leader Insider, July 19, 2010

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This week, Tammy L. Berbarie, BA, RN, RN-BC discusses ways to formalize a charge nurse orientation.

Q: My organization is developing a charge nurse orientation this year and we are having difficulty deciding what policies and procedures should be highlighted. Is there an easier way to go about this?

A: The nursing leadership team should meet to discuss which policies and procedures are appropriate to incorporate into the charge nurse orientation program. Think about all the possible scenarios that you as a leader have encountered in your professional career as a nurse and list the administrative and clinical policies you have needed to refer to in the past. It may be difficult to complete this exercise alone, so do this in a group meeting with other nurse leaders.

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