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?

Can hospitals measure the performance of nursing new-hire orientation programs?

In an earlier post, I discussed the idea that the nursing new-hire orientation activity can be viewed as a process. A process has been defined as a set of activities and tasks that, once completed, will accomplish an organizational goal. The orientation of new hire nurses surely fits this definition. Processes have one or more … Continue reading Can hospitals measure the performance of nursing new-hire orientation programs?

Can nursing orientation costs be managed? Should they be?

Orientation for new-hire RNs in hospitals is costly. In an article in the journal of nursing economics, the average (16 weeks) unit-based orientation cost was estimated at $41, 624 – and this was published back in 2007. Let’s update this a little using more recent salary related costs; according to KPMG’s 2011 U.S. Hospital Nursing … Continue reading Can nursing orientation costs be managed? Should they be?