Tips from BESD: Orientation tips for proficient nursing staff development specialists

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 10, 2010

by Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

I recently had a conversation regarding the orientation and professional growth of proficient staff development specialists. I had just finished presenting a paper on this topic when a colleague approached me and shared a story about hiring an experienced, proficient staff development specialist who resigned within a year. The educator said that she felt she had no chance for professional growth and that no one had helped her become part of the organization. My colleague said she had assumed that because this educator was experienced, she didn't need much orientation or nurturing.

My colleague is not alone in making the assumption that more experienced staff development specialists don't need orientation or nurturing. Failure to provide this can result in a waste of talent and the loss of good employees.

We tend to devote more of our time and attention to those who have five or fewer years of experience and who do not have advanced knowledge, which makes it easier to identify their knowledge gaps as well as their orientation and continuing education needs.

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