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J Nurses Staff Dev. 2004 May-Jun;20(3):118-24; quiz 125-6.

Structured orientation for new graduates: a retention strategy.

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Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.


This program sought to increase retention rates through the use of a structured, progressive orientation program. Twenty new graduate nurses participated in the 13-week program. Tools used to evaluate success were Performance Based Development System, American Society for Training and Development Evaluation Tool, the Professional Judgment Rating Form-Novice/Internship Level, and Retention Rates. Results of the program suggest that an orientation program focused on development of critical thinking skills, patient care management, and enhancement of self-esteem directly influenced retention.

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