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Collaboration: A Community Effort to Create a Standardized Orientation Program for Nursing Students

Harrelson, Melissa MSN, RN,C; Britton, Nell MSN, RN, NHA; Lott, Tanya MSN, RN,BC; Rogers, Weatherly MSN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000277185.70700.b2
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Abstract

Nursing students require orientation to all healthcare facilities where they are assigned for clinical training. The coordination of orientation for the students is time consuming and labor intensive. Seven healthcare facilities and three universities collaborated to develop an online computer orientation program for all nursing students in the community. The program standardized the education content, decreased faculty instruction time, and facilitated the transition of nursing students into the clinical area.

In Brief

The authors describe an online computer orientation program for nursing students that standardizes education content, decreases faculty instruction time, and facilitates the transition of nursing students into the clinical area.

Author Information

Melissa Harrelson, MSN, RN,C, is Clinical Nursing Instructor for Education, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

Nell Britton, MSN, RN, NHA, is Nursing Instructor/New Student Coordinator, Nursing Division, Trident Technical College, North Charleston, South Carolina.

Tanya Lott, MSN, RN,BC, is Education Specialist, Department of Professional Development, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, South Carolina.

Weatherly Rogers, MSN, RN, is Clinical Educator, Center for Professional Development and Clinical Education Resources, Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Authority, Charleston, South Carolina.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Melissa Harrelson, MSN, RN,C, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (e-mail: Melissa.harrelson@med.va.gov).

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