'Onboard' New Nurses to Prevent Them from Jumping Ship

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    Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2010

    I've been thinking about new graduate nurses a lot recently. In my conversations with managers and educators, we talk about ways they are training new grads at their organizations and their greatest concerns. Their two top priorities are to ensure new nurse competency and to "onboard" the new staff to their organization....

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  2. 21 Comments...

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    Thats a great policy, I wish more facilities would follow it
    elprup likes this.
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    I have found that most residency programs are just for new grads or nurses with 1 year or less of experience. I feel they need to be more open to nurses trying to get into a new area - med surg to nursery etc. It is not enough to be an experienced nurse, you have to have the right experience to get a job. Heaven forbid if you are not considered a new grad, yet are trying to find a job.
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    That is also true, improvements are needed all around, because sometimes people want to change specialties and they should be able to transition with some dedication and continuing ed, but from what I've heard its hard once you're "pegged"
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    Hospitals have already tackled this problem. Its actually very simple. By not hiring new grads there is no reason to adopt policies to retain them.
    MaryAnn_RN, StNeotser, landesmummy, and 8 others like this.
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    ummm....although I think new grads are tough to train and retain....if an organization doesn't make the effort, then who is to support the remaining staff during vacations, PTO, LOA, retirement, career changes and the rest of the inevitible?? new grads are necessary in all careers, not just nursing, that to me is kind of an obvious statement.
    leekun2010 likes this.
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    What about Sub-Acute in a Nursing Home? Great experience...always on your toe's and a lot to learn!! Never a dull moment!! Either that or a Re-hab Facility. The jobs are available all though the pay might just be average!!
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    Quote from Rook
    Hospitals have already tackled this problem. Its actually very simple. By not hiring new grads there is no reason to adopt policies to retain them.
    Exactly!
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    Quote from BeANurse2010
    What about Sub-Acute in a Nursing Home? Great experience...always on your toe's and a lot to learn!! Never a dull moment!! Either that or a Re-hab Facility. The jobs are available all though the pay might just be average!!
    ^^^^^^"pay" part.... When I worked in a facility as a new grad rehab etc, I made the same if not more than my friends who worked in hospitals...No biggie but I don't think that part is true, or maybe it depends on the state.
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    Quote from BeANurse2010
    What about Sub-Acute in a Nursing Home? Great experience...always on your toe's and a lot to learn!! Never a dull moment!! Either that or a Re-hab Facility. The jobs are available all though the pay might just be average!!
    Between the lack of support and the high patient:nurse ratios, a nursing home can be a very dangerous place for a new grad. Nursing homes in my area aren't interested in new grads.


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