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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621300
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Advanced Practice Nurse Orientation: New Directions
Author(s):
Goering, LaDawna
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Omega
Author Details:
LaDawna Goering, APN, ANP-BC
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, March 18, 2017: Purpose of the Presentation: The purpose of the poster presentation is to outline the development of a comprehensive advanced practice nurse (APN) orientation program directed toward improving the transition of APNs into today's healthcare work environment and improve APN job satisfaction and retention. Background: The need for hospital acute care advanced practice nurses continues to grow (Yeager, 2010). Studies have shown that APN practice provides safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered care that is evidence-based (AANP, 2015; AANP, 2013; Kilpatrick et. al, 2015). The nurse-practitioner (NP) care model has shown to decrease length of stay and hospital costs thereby increasing hospital profits (AANP, 2013). Kutzleb (2015) found that the NP care model coordinates, manages, and monitors outcomes in chronic disease and high-risk patient populations, decreasing readmissions and increasing patient quality outcomes. This makes the APN an essential member of the acute care healthcare team, and APN retention fundamental to continuity of care. Problem: With the need for increased acute care advanced practice nurses, comes the healthcare organization responsibility to orient new APNs to a complex work environment. After an increased APN turnover rate during the last two years, the APN committee identified high APN turnover rates and poor job satisfaction among APNs as two barriers to providing a professional nurse practitioner (NP) model. Intervention: A needs survey was conducted to assess the current APN's experience when on-boarding to the organization. There was a 69% response rate with all 69% survey responses indicating a need for change to the current APN orientation process. The data was analyzed and grouped by effective and ineffective processes identified by the survey. Then the data was presented to the committee for discussion and review. A literature review was conducted and summarized to the committee regarding APN orientation programs and mentor models, and then a committee was formed to address revising the existing program. The quality improvement project included focusing the orientation program on essential identified elements: orientation to the healthcare organization, administrative requirements, the credentialing process, APN council introduction, important contact information, identification of system resources, and interdisciplinary team introduction and shadowing in addition to specialty clinical education and immersion experiences. Essential APN resources for professional development were also developed and created in an APN manual. Mentorship and peer support with feedback and networking was also embedded into the program. On hire the new APN is now sent all administrative paperwork for general organizational requirements and for credentialing with instructions to complete prior to the first day of employment. Bahouth & Besposito-Herr (2009) and Yeager (2010) found streamlining the administrative activities allowed for earlier assimilation into the work environment. Yeager (2010) also identified shadowing experiences and critical thinking tools to assist the new NP in moving from the Novice to Expert model, as described by theorist Benner (1985) as credited earlier by Dreyfus and Dreyfus. However, this transition requires both a planned process and experience (Gardner, 2012; Benner, 1985). Based on the Benner model of transitioning from novice to expert, a newly directed work environment for APNs was created to facilitate this process. A welcome letter from the APN council and the assigned mentor is included in the employment packet. Leggat, Balding, and Schiftan (2015) found that pairing an experienced nurse practitioner with a new or less experienced practitioner showed an improvement in effective clinical leadership competencies. Each new APN is assigned a peer within their workgroup and a mentor that practices in another specialty area. The resource manual is also provided to the APN to reference throughout the orientation period. Didactic, simulation-based education, and peer support are provided prior to transitioning to full clinical practice (Bahouth & Besposito-Herr, 2009). Depending on the area of practice, specific clinical education and immersion experiences will then follow. Conclusions: Preliminary qualitative data from new APNs indicate that the improvements have been beneficial to new APNs. The effectiveness of the new project is being evaluated by on-going surveys and APN retention rates. Nursing Implications: Future implications for the APN orientation program include improving transition to a healthy work environment and APN practice, resulting in improved clinical leadership and APN retention. Learning Objectives: 1. The learner will be able to identify the needs of a transitioning nurse practitioner into a new healthcare organization. 2. The learner will be able to analyze gaps in the current healthcare organization's environment for advanced nurse practice (APN) orientation and mentorship. 3. The learner will be able to apply concepts from the New Directions APN Orientation program to other health care environments to improve transition and mentorship support. 4. On completion of reviewing the poster the learner will be able to design an APN orientation program to transiting the nurse practitioner into the organization with evaluation. 5. The learner will be able to evaluate the success of changes in the APN orientation program and ongoing programs.
Keywords:
Nurse Practitioner Orientation; Nurse Practitioner role transition; Nurse Practitioner Mentoring
Repository Posting Date:
3-Mar-2017
Date of Publication:
3-Mar-2017
Other Identifiers:
CHWE17PST10
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
Creating Healthy Work Environments 2017
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Creating Healthy Work Environments 2017: Best Practices in Clinical and Academic Settings. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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dc.language.isoen[US]en
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleAdvanced Practice Nurse Orientation: New Directionsen
dc.contributor.authorGoering, LaDawnaen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Omegaen
dc.author.detailsLaDawna Goering, APN, ANP-BCen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621300-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, March 18, 2017: Purpose of the Presentation: The purpose of the poster presentation is to outline the development of a comprehensive advanced practice nurse (APN) orientation program directed toward improving the transition of APNs into today's healthcare work environment and improve APN job satisfaction and retention. Background: The need for hospital acute care advanced practice nurses continues to grow (Yeager, 2010). Studies have shown that APN practice provides safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered care that is evidence-based (AANP, 2015; AANP, 2013; Kilpatrick et. al, 2015). The nurse-practitioner (NP) care model has shown to decrease length of stay and hospital costs thereby increasing hospital profits (AANP, 2013). Kutzleb (2015) found that the NP care model coordinates, manages, and monitors outcomes in chronic disease and high-risk patient populations, decreasing readmissions and increasing patient quality outcomes. This makes the APN an essential member of the acute care healthcare team, and APN retention fundamental to continuity of care. Problem: With the need for increased acute care advanced practice nurses, comes the healthcare organization responsibility to orient new APNs to a complex work environment. After an increased APN turnover rate during the last two years, the APN committee identified high APN turnover rates and poor job satisfaction among APNs as two barriers to providing a professional nurse practitioner (NP) model. Intervention: A needs survey was conducted to assess the current APN's experience when on-boarding to the organization. There was a 69% response rate with all 69% survey responses indicating a need for change to the current APN orientation process. The data was analyzed and grouped by effective and ineffective processes identified by the survey. Then the data was presented to the committee for discussion and review. A literature review was conducted and summarized to the committee regarding APN orientation programs and mentor models, and then a committee was formed to address revising the existing program. The quality improvement project included focusing the orientation program on essential identified elements: orientation to the healthcare organization, administrative requirements, the credentialing process, APN council introduction, important contact information, identification of system resources, and interdisciplinary team introduction and shadowing in addition to specialty clinical education and immersion experiences. Essential APN resources for professional development were also developed and created in an APN manual. Mentorship and peer support with feedback and networking was also embedded into the program. On hire the new APN is now sent all administrative paperwork for general organizational requirements and for credentialing with instructions to complete prior to the first day of employment. Bahouth & Besposito-Herr (2009) and Yeager (2010) found streamlining the administrative activities allowed for earlier assimilation into the work environment. Yeager (2010) also identified shadowing experiences and critical thinking tools to assist the new NP in moving from the Novice to Expert model, as described by theorist Benner (1985) as credited earlier by Dreyfus and Dreyfus. However, this transition requires both a planned process and experience (Gardner, 2012; Benner, 1985). Based on the Benner model of transitioning from novice to expert, a newly directed work environment for APNs was created to facilitate this process. A welcome letter from the APN council and the assigned mentor is included in the employment packet. Leggat, Balding, and Schiftan (2015) found that pairing an experienced nurse practitioner with a new or less experienced practitioner showed an improvement in effective clinical leadership competencies. Each new APN is assigned a peer within their workgroup and a mentor that practices in another specialty area. The resource manual is also provided to the APN to reference throughout the orientation period. Didactic, simulation-based education, and peer support are provided prior to transitioning to full clinical practice (Bahouth & Besposito-Herr, 2009). Depending on the area of practice, specific clinical education and immersion experiences will then follow. Conclusions: Preliminary qualitative data from new APNs indicate that the improvements have been beneficial to new APNs. The effectiveness of the new project is being evaluated by on-going surveys and APN retention rates. Nursing Implications: Future implications for the APN orientation program include improving transition to a healthy work environment and APN practice, resulting in improved clinical leadership and APN retention. Learning Objectives: 1. The learner will be able to identify the needs of a transitioning nurse practitioner into a new healthcare organization. 2. The learner will be able to analyze gaps in the current healthcare organization's environment for advanced nurse practice (APN) orientation and mentorship. 3. The learner will be able to apply concepts from the New Directions APN Orientation program to other health care environments to improve transition and mentorship support. 4. On completion of reviewing the poster the learner will be able to design an APN orientation program to transiting the nurse practitioner into the organization with evaluation. 5. The learner will be able to evaluate the success of changes in the APN orientation program and ongoing programs.en
dc.subjectNurse Practitioner Orientationen
dc.subjectNurse Practitioner role transitionen
dc.subjectNurse Practitioner Mentoringen
dc.date.available2017-03-03T14:34:54Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-03-
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-03T14:34:54Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.nameCreating Healthy Work Environments 2017en
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen
dc.descriptionCreating Healthy Work Environments 2017: Best Practices in Clinical and Academic Settings. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAen
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