A nursing shortage has resulted in hospitals seeking ways to meet their staffing needs. One strategy is the use of travel nurses (travelers) employed by staffing agencies. Hospitals are challenged with providing travelers an adequate orientation to assure their patients receive safe care while placing the travelers where they are urgently needed—at the bedside. The goals of this project are to identify best practices to provide a quality orientation and to propose an orientation program. To address these goals, pertinent literature has been reviewed, and input from travelers has been examined. As a result, an orientation program has been developed with a module for travelers to review prior to their assignments. An onsite orientation program follows with one day of didactic training and two shifts with a preceptor at the bedside. The recommendation is that organizations use the proposed program as a template when developing their orientation programs.
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Agency Nurse, Orientation, Traveler|
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