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Plan, Do, Study, Act Model to Improve an Orientation Program

Ragsdale, Mary Alice MSN, RN; Mueller, John MHA, RN


The Franciscan Health System has designed a new employee orientation program that is both interactive and thought-provoking. The program has transitioned from a predominantly lecture-based format to one that consists of group discussion, role playing, lunch with senior leaders in the organization, and the utilization of adult learning principles. This article describes the shortcomings of the previous program, gaps identified in the needs assessment, and performance improvement methodology used to enhance the program.

Gig Harbor Medical Clinic, Gig Harbor, Wash (Ms Ragsdale); and the Franciscan Health Systems, Tacoma, Wash (Mr Mueller).

Corresponding author: Mary Alice Ragsdale, MSN, RN, Gig Harbor Medical Clinic, 6401 Kimball Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (e-mail:

The authors thank the Franciscan Health System for its support.

Accepted for publication: October 1, 2004

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.