Welcome program for new nurses

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 20, 2005

As part of Centra Health's recruitment and retention strategy, the CEO welcomes new hires-including new graduates and experienced nurses-on their first day of work. Nurse managers also meet with them for lunch. On day two, which is the first day of nursing orientation, they are welcomed by the CNO and retention specialist, and their preceptors join them for lunch.

Every new nurse receives a welcome letter at their home and is welcomed on the unit by a banner. New hires are also surveyed after three and six months to get feedback about orientation, coworkers, managers, schedules, adequate equipment, etc.

Editor's note: The best practice above is from Faith Coles, RHIT, executive assistant, administration, Centra Health, Inc., Lynchburg, VA.

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