Tips from TSE: Nurse educators must up the ante with nursing orientation

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 18, 2009

Interviewing prospective nursing employees is only the first step in the successful integration of newly hired nurses. After hiring, it is up to educators, nurse managers, and preceptors to design individualized orientation programs that facilitate the transition from new nurse to confident practitioner.

"By the time new employees come to us, some have begun to lose interest in the process," according to Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, APN, RN-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® Director at Bay Pines (FL) VA Healthcare System. "It's then up to us to focus on the service-specific orientation and get them reenergized and excited about their service orientation."

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the September issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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