Archive February 2018 XIX, No. 2

Ideas That Work: Help New Staff Track Their Progress

Outpatient Surgery Editors


KEEP A JOURNAL Our new nurses and their preceptors assess their performance after every case so we know in what areas each employee needs help.

For a new nurse, starting out at a facility can be like trying to learn how to swim in the deep end. There's so much for them to learn so quickly that some things can fall through the cracks. To develop a competent staff, our new hires self-assess their performance during their 6-week orientation. We give each new nurse a 3-ringed binder filled with worksheets for them to assess and to grade their performance. After every case, new RNs score themselves on how they fared in each category, from 1 (they needed full assistance), to 3 (they completed the task on their own). A preceptor also assesses the RN's performance on the same worksheet. At the end of every week, for the entirety of their orientation, I meet with each nurse to go over their cases, their scores and how they can become proficient in deficient areas.

Anna Bishop, BSN, RN, CNOR
Jackson Hospital
Montgomery, Ala.

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