Please - help needed with Med/Surg Stepdown

  1. What is your process/didactic composition/length of orientation time for medical stepdown and surgical stepdown nurses?

    We are being challenged to decrease our time the nurse is considered on orientation and not counted in the staffing mix. We are currently at 5 months for all critical care/stepdown - give or take, depending on the nurse.

    Thank you for your time. Jennifer

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  3. by   BBFRN
    We do a 6 week preceptorship, and then the new nurse gradually takes more patients on his/her own. This is flexible, though. Some new nurses may need more time. They also have a checklist of procedures that they have do have done under the watch of an experienced nurse.