Nursing Orientation


All new employees will receive a one day general hospital orientation to assist both the experienced and inexperienced employee to provide successful integration into the work setting. During this initial phase of orientation, the focus is on general hospital introduction and orientation to benefits, policies, mandatory education, infection control, culture, strategic goals and mission, vision and values.

Clinical Staff Orientation

All clinical staff including registered nurses, unit assistants and certified nursing assistants receive an additional day of interactive training which includes orientation to:

  • Safety First
  • Patient Experience and Satisfaction
  • Infection Control, Hand washing, Isolation
  • Fall Prevention
  • Skin & Pressure Ulcer Protection
  • Workplace Violence

Nursing Staff Orientation

The registered nursing staff orientation consists of two additional days of interactive learning, competency development and simulation.  Topics include:

  • Diabetes Management
  • Documentation and Electronic Medical Record
  • Rapid Response & Code Training
  • PICCs, VAD and IV Insertion
  • Bedside Report & Rounding
  • Medication Safety
  • Pain Management
  • ANA Code of Ethics

Topics are discussed through simulations and scenarios in a Simulation Center which is designed to be realistic, virtual hospital environment.  Learners master clinical competencies, procedures, roles, responsibilities and effective communication.  The Simulation Center offers realistic patient care setting with use of staff actors who portray standardized patients, use of high tech simulators and task trainers.

Select RNs also have the option to attend a Dedicated Learning Unit Orientation for several weeks with advanced preceptors who provide expert knowledge and development in the medical surgical patient care areas.

Unit Orientation

New nurses are then oriented to specialized unit and l work with an assigned Preceptor for several weeks. The length of this training will be dependent upon the nurse's position, experience level, and assigned unit(s). Specialty areas will require additional training. The focus of the unit orientation is unit-specific competencies and to provide the nurse with patient care opportunities that enable them to demonstrate competence. Intermittent orientation meetings are conducted with a clinical educator, manager and preceptor throughout orientation to review competencies and set goals.


The nursing preceptor at Genesis plays a significant role in the competency development and job satisfaction of the new nursing employee. The Preceptor Program exists to support the new nursing employee in his or her transition into the workplace. This program also supports the hospital mission, vision, values, and commitment to quality healthcare for all patients.

Training for the Preceptor Program includes:

  •  Role responsibilities
  •  Characteristics of a good Preceptor
  •  Principles of adult learning and learning strategies
  •  Methods of competency evaluations
  •  Guidelines for providing feedback

Nurse Residency

The Nurse Residency Program will assist newly licensed nurses through the transition from student to professional nurse. The program will give the newly licensed nurse extra guidance, education, and socialization while enhancing critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. The Nurse Residency Program will also help newly licensed nurses to identify and apply concepts of evidence-based practice.

The Nurse Residency Program consists of:

  • Participants attend as cohorts beginning after completion of the their initial orientation to department of hire. New cohorts begin four times a year
  • Four hour sessions meet every other month for a total of six sessions spanning a 12 month period
  • Each session will include time for the participants to share clinical experiences and debrief on stresses or other concerns they are experiencing
  • Participants will present one case study from their practice experiences and lead discussion on a journal article of their choice
  • Participants will discuss their department’s evidence-based improvement projects
  • The Masters prepared nurses will facilitate the residency program sessions