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Authors

  1. Durkin, Gregory J. MEd, RN

Abstract

A wide variety of evaluation formats are available for new graduate nurses, but most of them are single-point evaluation tools that do not provide a clear picture of progress for orientee or educator. This article describes the development of a Web-based evaluation tool that combines learning taxonomies with the Synergy model into a rating scale based on independent performance. The evaluation tool and process provides open 24/7 access to evaluation documentation for members of the orientation team, demystifying the process and clarifying expectations. The implementation of the tool has proven to be transformative in the perceptions of evaluation and performance expectations of new graduates. This tool has been successful at monitoring progress, altering education, and opening dialogue about performance for over 125 new graduate nurses since inception.