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    Hi....I am in staff development at a rapidly expanding 250 bed hospital. My hospital has recently been hiring a large number of agency nurses. We are on the path to going "paper free", and with the advent of computerized documentation it is near impossible to do a brief agency orientation. I do not want to put agency nurses at a disadvantage and would like them to be able to begin on their unit with the tools/knowledge necessary to function. Our computerized documentation training for non-agency new employees runs approximately 6 hours. Would anyone mind sharing what you encounter at hospitals with computerized documentation??? What type of orientation do you receive? Any thoughts???

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    Hi....I am in staff development at a rapidly expanding 250 bed hospital. I am in charge of nursing department orientation. Besides our new employees, my hospital has recently been hiring a large number of agency nurses. We are on the path to going "paper free", and with the advent of computerized documentation it is near impossible to do a "quick" agency orientation. Our computerized documentation training for new employees runs approximately 6 hours. Would anyone mind sharing what you do for agency orientation? Any thoughts??? We also run into the same issue with student nurses.

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    Royal Nurse,

    I am a Nurse Educator in an acute care community hospital. I plan/implement Nursing Department Classroom Orientation and have never been happier. I welcome the opportunity to teach new grads. I follow up with them, keep tabs on them, and pull them aside while they are on their unit to see how they are progressing. I am in a sort of "neutral" position, making it comfortable for new grads to openly and honestly discuss matters with me. You are all so important to the field, as you are the future of nursing! As for precepting, there should absolutely be a preceptor course. In addition, weekly meetings among the manager, orientee, educator, and preceptor are crucial. In closing, please give yourself a break. Nursing school does not prepare you for what it is really like to be a new nurse, you must live it. It will be worth it.



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