Inside best practice: Virtual medical center helps new grads increase confidence and competence

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

Orientation is an overwhelming time for new nurse employees, who are faced with learning many systems, processes, and people as swiftly as possible. The situation is even harder for new graduate nurses who must overcome the transition from school to practice.

New grads have a tricky balancing act to accomplish involving learning new skills, remembering policies and procedures, trying to work out which patient's needs should be dealt with first, and even remembering where the supply closet is. Wouldn't it be nice if they had a safe environment in which to practice those skills before being thrust onto the unit and dealing with real patients?

That's the idea behind Phoenix-based Banner Health System's new simulation center. The organization is hoping that simulation training holds the key to successfully onboarding new nurse employees and helping them transition swiftly to become competent, confident nurses.

Source: This excerpt is from the January issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. 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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