New Graduate Nurse Orientation
The CHKD Health System believes in the value of its employees. Every effort is made to provide our nurses with the tools and the resources necessary for success. An important first step in the process is orientation.
A Kick-start to Your Career
CHKD's comprehensive new graduate nursing orientation is a 10-16 week program that provides nurses with the classroom and clinical experiences needed to get them started on a successful career in pediatric nursing.
Classes during the first week of orientation provide general employment information and cover the health system's philosophy and policies, role expectation and special services. Pediatric concepts are highlighted and core clinical skills are reviewed. Topics addressed during that first week include:
- CHKD services and resources
- Pediatric clinical concepts and skills
- Policy highlights
- Interpersonal skills
- Networking opportunities
The following weeks will immerse the new graduate nurse in their specific department. Information covered includes patient population and patient care routines, department environment and unit-specific policies. Dedicated staff nurse preceptors will also provide supervised clinical experiences and bedside instruction, all overseen by unit based education coordinators and/or mastered prepared nurse specialists. The length of this preceptored clinical component varies with each department, and with the previous experience of the new graduate nurse.
Additional orientation programs are included depending on the department and role. These programs include classroom sessions, computer assisted modules and self-learning activities. Some of examples include:
- Computer training (hospital information systems)
- Life support training, including CPR, pre-arrest decisions course, pediatric advanced life support, and neonatal resuscitation program
Additional clinical programs are provided as appropriate for each department and may include:
- Building excellence in pediatric nursing care
- Central venous line management
- Parent CPR and safety awareness
- Burn care course
- NICU progress programs
- PICU critical are classes
- Emergency department internship
- Operating room internship
Once orientation is complete, each new nurse is assigned a mentor for a period of one year to provide further support and role modeling. Both preceptors and mentors are hand-picked, specially trained staff nurses.