Inside best practice: Anticipating new nurses’ orientation needs

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 29, 2009

Whether an organization is on the journey to ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) status or has already reached designation, it first displays its culture of nursing excellence to new employees through its orientation program. Nurses want to work at organizations that exemplify transformational leadership, structural empowerment, and exemplary professional practice that is reflected in new knowledge, innovations, and improvements demonstrated in empirical quality outcomes.

Before they are hired, new nurses evaluate the organization's potential for transformational leadership and determine whether they will embrace the facility's philosophy and goals. They ask themselves numerous questions, such as:

  • What resources are available to support nurses' work at the point of care?
  • What processes are in place to enable nursing to influence the entire organization?
  • Is the CNO visible and accessible? How does the CNO advocate for nurses?
  • What coaching and mentoring opportunities are available to help nurses learn and develop leadership abilities?
  • Are nurses involved in leadership decisions, particularly around issues related to nursing professional practice, quality, and competence?
  • What shared governance structures and processes are in place at the unit level? How do they communicate across the organization?

Source: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, September issue. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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