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Center for Nursing Excellence: Novice Courses

Novice Class Day

The Novice Class Day is an 8 hour session for new to practice nurses who are 3-6 months in practice.  Based on Benner’s theories of Stages of Practice Development and the work of Christine Tanner around Clinical Reasoning, the class session provides opportunities for New Learning and Socialization with other nurses at the same stage of practice development.  The topics covered in the Novice Day Class are:  Patient and Family Education, Pain Management, Management of Central Lines, Pressure Ulcer Identification and Management, Ethical Issues for the New Nurse and Risk Management.

All classes are held at One Brigham Circle, 4th Floor.
(7:00-3:30 PM)


  • January 21
  • April 20
  • July 13
  • October 3

Novice Simulation Day

The Novice Simulation Day is an 8 hour session that assists the Advanced Beginner who has been in the clinical setting for 6 months to identify and respond to clinical emergencies.  The topics covered in this class are:  Recognizing and responding to Respiratory Emergencies, Activating a Rapid Response, Use of emergency equipment for Cardiac Emergencies, Understanding the roles of the members of the Interdisciplinary team during a Code Blue and Documentation of Emergencies.  Content learned during classroom presentations, interactive discussions and role playing are reinforced through simulation lab experiences around. 

Novice Simulation TBD

Novice Leadership Day

The Novice Leadership Day Class is an 8 hour session that assists the new nurse in identifying their Leadership style and their ability to manage individuals and resolve conflict as they approach the Competent stage of practice development.  Through individual exercise using the Thomas Killman Conflict Mode Instrument and Group Discussion around challenging situations and Case Studies, the new nurse identifies the personal and professional skills needed to successfully manage conflict in the work environment.

All classes are held at One Brigham Circle, 4th Floor.
(7:00-3:30 PM)  


  • April 2
  • June 22
  • September 21
  • December 9

Third Thursdays for New Nurses

Each month on the Third Thursday of the month from 4-7PM new to practice nurses are invited and encouraged to participate in a group meeting where they are provided the opportunity to socialize with other nurses at the same level of practice development.   Each month a topic of interest is presented, case studies are reviewed and new nurses are given the opportunity to share the experiences they are having as they begin their practice here at the BWH.  This session is a response to the evidence in the nursing literature that highlights the importance of socializing the new nurse to their professional role.


  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 23
  • August 20
  • September 17


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