Center for Education and Development - Registered Nurse Orientation

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Registered Nurse Orientation

Newly hired RNs attend Registered Nurse Orientation (RNO) immediately after New Hire Orientation. The RNO curriculum augments the initial education of newly hired St. Joseph's RNs with clinical and professional topics, including information in keeping with standards established by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, New Jersey Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies, as well as professional organizations such as the American Nurses Association (ANA).


The purpose of the RNO program is to provide information to the newly hired nurse and to assess his/her professional competencies as they relate to safe and effective patient care. Competencies are evaluated within the three domains of interpersonal skills, technical skills and critical thinking skills. The orientation process is utilized to develop an action plan that will enable the newly hired nurse to achieve a high level of specialty practice within appropriate time frames.


Specialty orientation is offered along all service lines including Adult and Pediatric Critical care, Medical Surgical, Perioperative, Emergency, Nephrology, Oncology, Pediatrics and Maternal Child nursing. The length of each orientation is individualized depending on the patient population and the achieved competencies of the nurse.


The behavioral objectives state that at the end of orientation the RN will demonstrate:

  • Application of St. Joseph's mission, vision and values;
  • Safe, effective, and population-based nursing practice through the application of recognized standards of practice and St. Joseph's policies and procedures;
  • Safe, effective and evidenced-based nursing practice grounded in nursing research;
  • Actions as a patient advocate using the principles of Watson's Theory of the Science of Caring;
  • Knowledge of the performance improvement process and national benchmarking used at St. Joseph's;
  • Communication skills that foster the development of effective relationships with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary team;
  • Documentation skills that are legible, comprehensive and meet legal requirements;
  • Effective use of resources including technology (informatics), supplies, materials, references, and people;
  • The ability to evaluate individual patient care outcomes and take steps to improve them.



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