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Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181d80319

Providing Orientation Programs to New Graduate Nurses: Points to Consider

Baxter, Pamela Elizabeth RN, PhD

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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.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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