Evidence-based expert: Create an orientation program with the right resources

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 30, 2009

This week's expert, Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN,BC, discusses resources for new staff development personnel education.

Q: What resources need to be included in an orientation program for new educators?

A: Orientation programs are designed to familiarize and socialize new educators to the environment and culture in which they will practice. Planned, structured orientation programs are essential for staff new to the facility or new to the education department.

When designing an orientation program, assist the new educator by:

  • Providing a copy of the position description
  • Reviewing specific considerations for all populations with whom the employee will be expected to interact on a regular basis
  • Reviewing departmental and organizational policies and procedures
  • Including information on data management and recordkeeping
  • Reviewing any specific regulatory requirements
  • Including information on the performance improvement process

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