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Regional New Grad RN Program

"The Regional New Grad RN Program is a 10-week orientation and training program that encompasses both the didactic and clinical experience for a new RN recently hired into Kaiser Permanente. Designed to ease the transition of a new graduate RN into professional practice, the course learnings will strengthen their clinical and analytical skills, promote their professional growth and establish their self-confidence and independence. Subject experts from local medical centers and regional offices will discuss key topics basic to all medical centers’ hospital nursing practice. Clinical topics include patient education, scope of practice, resource management, clinical judgment in nursing care, and wound/ostomy care. Leadership topics include inter-generational communication, conflict management and problem solving, prioritization with delegation and strategies to succeed reality shock."

Incorporated throughout the curriculum are the Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies and Tanner’s Clinical Judgment Model. Evaluation of participants’ understanding is assessed through simulation lab (SIMs) scenarios, group discussions, activities, role- playing and clinical performance. Following completion of Regional New Graduate RN Program, the new graduates return to their medical center to continue their customized clinical orientation.

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Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this 10-week program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss RN scope of practice and role based competency as core elements to professional practice.
  2. Identify and define critical thinking skills and habits of the nurse mind.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving within the healthcare setting.
  4. Utilize and demonstrate the principles of wound care and ostomy management.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when prioritizing, delegating, teaching, problem solving and resolving conflict.
  6. Practice Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) comopetencies when planning and providing patient care.
  7. Identify and describe how to access appropriate resources


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