Assuring Quality Care: Nurse Development program

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 – ELKO, NV
When nursing students graduate from Great Basin College Nursing Program, they often apply for positions within various departments at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH).  Recognizing the need for NNRH to have these nurses on staff, as well as the need of the new nurses to learn how to turn theory into practice; Clinical Nurse Educators at NNRH developed an RN Career Development Course/New graduate program for the benefit of both new nurses and the hospital.

The program helps new nurse graduates apply theory to practice so that they will become fully integrated into the NNRH team and will be able to provide the best patient care possible.

“To quote Florence Nightingale, ‘Never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.’ ” said Becky Jones, Director of Education & Clinical Informatics, “these new nurses have been given a practical beginning in order to help NNRH provide quality patient care across all shifts and units.”

Part of the program entailed dedicated preceptors who worked directly with the nurse graduates on an individual level during the course of the 12-week program.  Program learning outcomes were affirmed with weekly didactic trainings and a final evaluation exam.  

This program is the first of its kind at NNRH and has produced very positive reviews by both new nurses and existing staff members.