I'm working on a new mentoring/orientation model for our ICU/CCU. We are still in the assessment period; defining mentor, assessing what the role will entail, assembling resources...I'm hoping to begin a formal mentoring program where core staff are assigned to new nurses based on personality/clinical interest. The core nurse would be responsible for making sure that clinical competencies/skills were adequately addressed, and also be a general resource person for that new nurse. In my thinking, the mentor would also be a social support for the new nurse, and help them to "fit in" to our unit.
What I'm wondering is how other critical care units orient and mentor their new staff.
Do you assign one preceptor/mentor that guides the person through their first months?
Is there a formal mentoring program in place?
What has worked for your unit in terms of achieving rapid clinical competency and also helping new nurses (especially new grads) feel like part of the team?
Mostly I'm just interested in what the practice is in different hospitals. We have had several of our new people express frustration that they didn't always have a "go-to" person who could answer their questions and provide guidance.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!