Book excerpt: Evaluating the effectiveness of new hire orientation

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 11, 2011

To analyze data and revise orientation, you must have a plan that is implemented consistently. Investigative findings and orientation revision are unique to each organization. However, the steps in a plan can be generalized, since such steps focus on common sense and reliability.

The following steps are recommendations for data analysis and how to use findings to revise your orientation program:

1. Identify frequency of analysis and stick to it.

2. Identify your data resources. E.g., HR, nurse recruiters, nurse managers, preceptors, and orientees.

3. Identify how you will obtain data from your resources (from step 2). E.g., in person or emailed reports.

4. If possible, schedule a group follow-up with orientees.

5. When analyzing turnover data, look at:

- Where orientees worked (unit)

- Who were their preceptors?

- Who were their managers?

- How long were they employed?

- Whether they left voluntarily or were unable to successfully complete orientation

- Their experience in the profession

6. Use the data to formulate recommendations.

7. Give yourself a break.

Source: Adapted from Nursing Orientation Program Builder: Tools for a Successful New Hire Program by Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, and Debbie Buchwach, BSN, RN-BC. For more information, visit

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