Nurses joining University Health System Children’s Health units, whether transferring from other specialties or newly graduated, were often struggling to master all the skills necessary to care for patients with varying acuity levels during their allotted orientation time. Many traditional nursing orientation programs initially assign orientees to the full care of a single patient and introduce more patients over time. This approach requires learners to spread their attention across a wide variety of skills immediately upon entering the unit.
This case study explores how University Health System Children’s Health adjusted to a progressive orientation model that allows trainees to master smaller skill categories before adding another so they can safely and competently care for patients of all acuity levels.
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