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Website spotlight: 'Onboard' new nurses to prevent them jumping ship

Nurse Leader Insider, September 13, 2010

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7th, 2010

I’ve been thinking about new graduate nurses a lot recently. In my conversations with managers and educators, we talk about ways they are training new grads at their organizations and their greatest concerns. Their two top priorities are to ensure new nurse competency and to “onboard” the new staff to their organization.

Onboarding is a business management term that describes the process of assimilating new employees into an organization. More than simply orientation, onboarding is the process of embedding new employees into the culture and ensuring they not only become productive employees, but they become emotionally invested in the organization. The onboarding process is crucial for new graduate nurses who face an enormous change process as they transition from student nurse to independent RNs. In my conversations with managers and educators at hospitals, they talk about the reality shock every new graduate nurse experiences and the importance of recognizing the stages new graduates go through.


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