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Gundersen staff enriching lives


Nursing orientation at Gundersen Health System is a comprehensive, competency-based program. It includes:

  • New Employee Orientation: orientation to the institution with all new staff
  • Patient Care Orientation/Centralized Nursing Orientation: orientation to the specific nursing role
  • Orientation to the assigned department/unit

The program encompasses teaching and evaluating of competency to assure you are confident, secure, safe and independent in your delivery of care.

Patient Care Orientation

This interactive, interdisciplinary educational experience is designed to inform all direct patient care providers about patient safety and care practices at Gundersen Health System. By learning side-by-side with colleagues from across the organization, participants learn how to help patients benefit from evidence-based best practices.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Service Excellence: The patient experience
  • Infection Control
  • Oxygen safety
  • Patient safety and fall prevention
  • Safe patient movement and equipment
  • The GetWell Network (our interactive patient education system)

Centralized Nursing Orientation

This interactive learning experience for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses provides an introduction to our Nursing Professional Framework. Interdisciplinary experts from across the organization present information about how Gundersen and our framework promote a safe and healing environment for nurses, staff, our patients and visitors.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Meeting with our chief nursing officer and nursing leadership
  • Our Nursing Professional Framework
  • Enhancing our healing environment - Caritas
  • Patient and medication safety practices
  • IV pump training

Unit-based orientation is anticipated to include an opportunity for preceptor-supported patient care hours. The actual length of orientation will be determined by the ability of the orientee to complete the standardized inpatient and unit-specific registered nurse Competency Based Orientation (CBO), other unit-specific skills, and having been evaluated as competent and safe to practice independently.

On-boarding nurses

Gundersen uses a cohort model when on-boarding graduate nurses in the acute hospital setting. Cohort models were developed in response to some basic facts about human nature and learning - i.e. people learn better in groups. They provide an interactive and dynamic setting for new nurses to develop relationships and attain knowledge and skills in a safe, nurturing environment.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System delivers great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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