Nursing Orientation at Genesis is a three tiered process. The orientation process ensures that all nurses have a clear understanding of the high standards of quality and safety required of them at Genesis Medical Center. The orientation is based on a model of operationalizing the mission of the organization through an effective nursing education continuum. The nursing process serves as a framework for presentations in the orientation's three overlapping tiers.
The first tier of the process is a five-day centralized nursing orientation. This tier focuses on the nurses' professional role, and on patient care issues that are common to most areas. Topics include evidence-based practice, nursing ethics, and care of patients with specific nursing diagnoses such as, "Care of Patient at Risk for Infection" and "Care of the Patient at Risk for Injury."
The second tier of orientation focuses on more complex needs of various patient populations. This three-day centralized tier is completed within the first three months of employment. The timing allows newly hired nurses to acclimate to their new positions and bring a greater depth of experience to the educational sessions. Included in this tier are presentations such as "Care of the Patient with Decreased Cardiac Output", and "Care of the Patient with Acute or Chronic Confusion."
The third tier of orientation completes the core curriculums for each department. It focuses on aspects of nursing care related to each specialty area. The learning in Tier III takes place primarily on the individual patient care areas and is tailored to meet the specific needs of each area.