The Nursing Orientation Program provides the newly hired nurses an introduction to BWH clinical resources, patient care technology and policies that supports nursing practice at BWH. Two distinct tracts are offered to new hires:
1.The Newly Licensed Nurse Orientation Program (NLN) is a 6-12 week precepted clinical experience integrating simulation and reflective learning at the bedside. New to practice nurses are provided weekly coaching, performance review, and opportunities for peer support and role socialization throughout their first year of practice.
2.Newly hired experienced nurses have the opportunity to participate in classroom and simulated clinical scenarios - those that integrate bedside technologies and common clinical emergencies during a central orientation. These nurses then spend several weeks with a clinical preceptor on their unit.
Professional development for nurses at all levels of practice includes classroom instruction, clinical work, e-learning strategies, and simulation technology. BWH Nurses have multiple opportunities to attend workshops and programs that are developed for and by BWH Nurses. Nursing Grand Rounds is a weekly forum that provides nursing staff and leadership the opportunity to develop professional presentation skills while sharing current unit initiatives. Academic and professional advancement is supported through the partnering of BWH with local colleges that offer onsite courses at BWH, leading to advanced degrees in nursing.
The first two days of orientation will be facilitated by the Center for Nursing Excellence, and will be held at OBC in the Center for Nursing Excellence. The second two days will consist of PeC Training (time and location will be confirmed the first day of orientation for each new hire).