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A Group Orientation Model for New Graduate Nurses

Woodworth, Julie MSN, RN, CNE

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: September/October 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 219–221
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318269fc8d

A local hospital implemented a unique, fiscally resourceful orientation strategy constructed by a nursing faculty professor designed to accommodate the needs of the graduate nurse (GN) in making the transition from academia to practice. The nurse faculty provided a reliable “hands-on” small group orientation to four new graduates simultaneously. This group orientation strategy provided these GNs with a preceptor, mentor, and role model to assist in their transition.

The author presents a strategy for facilitating the transition of new graduates into practice, using one faculty member working with four new graduates.

Julie A. Woodworth, MSN, RN, CNE, is Professor of Nursing, Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, New York.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Julie Woodworth, MSN, RN, CNE, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.