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Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181d80319
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Providing Orientation Programs to New Graduate Nurses: Points to Consider

Baxter, Pamela Elizabeth RN, PhD

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Abstract

Staff educators know the importance of orientation for nurses and strive to develop effective orientation programs in both general and specialized clinical areas. However, little is written about what constitutes a 'good' orientation, especially for the new graduate. This article provides a summary of the current literature on nursing orientation and provides an overview of various timelines utilized in different settings, frameworks to guide the development and implementation of an orientation and a brief description of the mentor and preceptor roles. Implications for staff educators, nurse managers, and the organization are described.

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