Sharing Clinical Wisdom: Orienting New Nurses to a Tertiary Care Hospital Center

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Sharing Clinical Wisdom: Orienting New Nurses to a Tertiary Care Hospital Center
Abstract
The author explores nursing orientation practices at the Montreal Children's Hospital, identifying the gap between the preceptorship orientation program and the ideal orientation program. Orientation is defined by the author as those activities and experiences that are planned, implemented, and evaluated for either new employees or for those employees changing roles. Orientation is a means by which new staff members are introduced to the philosophy, goals, procedures, role expectation, physical facilities and special services in a specific setting. A preceptor is defined as an expert nurse who is responsible for the orientation of a new nurse to a particular unit for a limited time period. The author points out that the goal of a preceptor program is to integrate newly employed nursing staff into the work setting. The author begins her analysis with a historical overview of nursing, followed by an account of the existing nursing orientation program at the Montreal Children's Hospital. She interviewed three recently oriented nurses and their preceptors to provide data to launch her ten recommended changes to the existing orientation program.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
Concordia University
Place
Montreal
Date
2000
Language
en
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Citation
Tanguay, Kimberley Ellen. “Sharing Clinical Wisdom: Orienting New Nurses to a Tertiary Care Hospital Center.” Master’s Thesis, Concordia University, 2000. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk1/tape3/PQDD_0018/MQ54250.pdf.
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