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Authors

  1. Weiss, Rebecca L. DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, CCRN-K
  2. Hayden, Margaret DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Petras, Denise DNP, RN, NPD-BC
  4. Ren, Dianxu MD, PhD
  5. Fennimore, Laura DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Abstract

More nurses without critical care experience are being hired by intensive care units. Eleven newly hired nurses participated in a phased program designed to improve the efficiency of intensive care unit orientation. A pre-post implementation design demonstrated that although there was a 14% reduction in orientation time, there were no statistically significant changes in new hire or preceptor satisfaction nor in first-year registered nurse turnover rates. Expansion of the program is needed to demonstrate its impact.