Why is realizing consistent outcomes from the precepting process so hard?

Is it important to have consistent orientation/ residency training outcomes? ¬†How can you begin to improve consistency in the clinical performance of new staff at the end of your orientation /residency programs? One answer is to consider the variability factors that are inherent in all unit-based nursing orientation programs. There is variability in the new … Continue reading Why is realizing consistent outcomes from the precepting process so hard?

Preceptor as Coach

"Professional nurse coaching can be defined as a purposeful, results-oriented, relationship-centered interaction with clients for the purpose of promoting goal achievement" (Dossey). The critical role of Nurse coaching in practice is increasingly recognized, and in 2013, the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation began a nationally recognized Nurse Coaching Certification program. Today, there are many formally … Continue reading Preceptor as Coach

The Relaxation Response

The relaxation response is a physiological state of deep rest. It is the opposite of fight-or-flight. The relaxation response is associated with decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, and increased energy and self-control. Regular practice of the relaxation response reduces anxiety and repetitive worry patterns, increases resistance to stress, and reduces symptoms of … Continue reading The Relaxation Response

What does the evidence say about nursing orientations?

Recently we conducted a review of current published articles (2015-2017) to evaluate evidence and recommendations for Transition into Practice programs including orientation and residency models. The evidence is clear in a number of areas:   New graduate RN retention in the first year of employment is a challenge for hospitals, ranging from a low of … Continue reading What does the evidence say about nursing orientations?

Centering tips for orientees, residents, and preceptors

What is Centering? Learning to Center your awareness is one of the most important skills you can develop as a caregiver. Centering is foundational to connecting deeply with others and developing your full healing potential. Centering is a mindfulness practice of learning to manage your attention so that you are aware of your inner reference … Continue reading Centering tips for orientees, residents, and preceptors

The 6 elements of a successful preceptorship

Preceptorships are a vital part of the nursing orientation process. While preceptees should always take responsibility for their own learning, there are a few things preceptors can do to help their new nurses succeed. Building a relationship Because the success of nursing preceptorships relies on the successful partnership of preceptors and preceptees, establishing a trusting … Continue reading The 6 elements of a successful preceptorship