Nursing graduate

Recent Nursing School Graduates

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CHKD's comprehensive new graduate nursing orientation is a 10-to-16 week program that provides nurses with the classroom and clinical experiences needed to get them started on a successful career in pediatric nursing.

Getting Started The Right Way

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 employee 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 nurse.

Additional Orientation

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, PALS (pediatric advanced life support), and  NRP (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
  • Specific Emergency department training
  • Operating room internship

Once orientation is complete, each unit is encourages their staff to mentor and to provide further support and role modeling.

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