Reply To: New Nurse Orientation

  • Jennifer Nordin

    Member
    February 14, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Would you be willing to share your competencies? We are revamping our orientation structure and getting together to create a competency list for all units rather than unit specific. TIA.

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    Jennifer Nordin, RN
    Leawood, KS
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 02-14-2020 09:52 AM
    From: Mary Lynn Rae
    Subject: New Nurse Orientation

    My answers are pretty much exactly the same as Nationwide with some changes in red.

     

    For a newly hired nurse, do you use a time-based orientation or a competency-based orientation? What is their typical length of orientation, in weeks?  We are a combined Hem/Onc/BMT unit and our typical orientation is 16 weeks.  The new grad orientation for the whole hospital is an 18 month program with classes through 18 months but the precepted time is 16 weeks.  This may be adjusted depending on our nurses orientation progress. We assess competencies throughout.  Experienced nurses with peds hem/onc/sct between 6-12 weeks

    How many preceptors do they have? Whether our nurses are hired for days or nights, they spend time on both shifts, so our goal is one primary preceptor for each shift.

    How do you track their progress through their orientation?   For example, we use a tiered checklist.

    Our institution has a master skills checklist for evaluating nursing skills/knowledge and we try to keep competencies the same on all units where applicable.  Our preceptors/orientees complete goal and progress forms every 3-4 weeks. As the educator, I meet with the preceptor and orientee at least every 4 weeks to review their progress, and more frequently as needed.  
      

     

    Thanks,

    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, CPHON

    NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

    T 312.227.4224 | mlrae@luriechildrens.org | luriechildrens.org

    225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 248, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2991

     

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    Original Message——

    Hello

    For a newly hired nurse, do you use a time-based orientation or a competency-based orientation? What is their typical length of orientation, in weeks?  We are a combined Hem/Onc/BMT unit and our typical orientation is 16 weeks.  This my be adjusted depending on our nurses orientation progress. We assess competencies throughout.

    How many preceptors do they have? Whether our nurses are hired for days or nights, they spend time on both shifts, so our goal is one primary preceptor for each shift.

    How do you track their progress through their orientation?   For example, we use a tiered checklist.

    Our institution has a master skills checklist for evaluating nursing skills/knowledge.  Our preceptors/orientees also complete a bi-weekly orientation progress report with strengths/struggles/experiences and suggested goals for the next 2 weeks. As the educator, I meet with the preceptor and orientee at least every 4 weeks to review their progress, and more frequently as needed.

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    Deborah Gillett MSN, RN, CPHON
    Hematology/Oncology/BMT
    Education Nurse Specialist
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Columbus, OH
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