This article provides significant insight into the high turnover rate of newly licensed RNs.
Orientation programs should focus on supporting the transition of new graduates into professional nursing; however, it's also important that we prepare preceptors, who need to be competent in their leadership, communication, and conflict management skills. Without these, preceptors may become frustrated trying to fulfill their job duties while also working with new graduates.
Preceptor and new graduate feedback should inform any facility's orientation program. In addition, providing preceptors with leadership, communication, and conflict management training could help to ensure higher satisfaction rates among all staff members.
Melinda Eller, BSN, RN