Website spotlight: ’Onboard’ new graduate nurses to prevent them jumping ship

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 17, 2010

By Rebecca Hendren

I've been thinking about new graduate nurses a lot recently. In my conversations with managers and educators, we talk about ways they are training new grads at their organizations and their greatest concerns. Their two top priorities are to ensure new nurse competency and to "onboard" the new staff to their organization.

Onboarding is a business management term that describes the process of assimilating new employees into an organization. More than simply orientation, onboarding is the process of embedding new employees into the culture and ensuring they not only become productive employees, but they become emotionally invested in the organization.

After all, organizations spend large amounts of time, effort, and resources on training new grads; the last thing they want is for those new grads to up and leave for somewhere else, which research shows they all too frequently do.

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