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Surgical Smoke Nearly Killed Me - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2018

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F E B R U A R U Y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 9 F or a new nurse, starting out at a facili- ty can be like trying to learn how to swim in the deep end. There's so much for them to learn so quickly that some things can fall through the cracks. To develop a compe- tent staff, our new hires self-assess their performance during their 6-week orientation. We give each new nurse a 3-ringed binder filled with worksheets for them to assess and to grade their performance. After every case, new RNs score themselves on how they fared in each category, from 1 (they need- ed full assistance), to 3 (they completed the task on their own). A preceptor also assesses the RN's performance on the same work- sheet. At the end of every week, for the entirety of their orientation, I meet with each nurse to go over their cases, their scores and how they can become proficient in deficient areas. Anna Bishop, BSN, RN, CNOR Jackson Hospital Montgomery, Ala. anna.bishop@jackson.org Help New Staff Track Their Progress • KEEP A JOURNAL Our new nurses and their preceptors assess their performance after every case so we know in what areas each employee needs help. For more staff orientation tips, see "An Internship Program for New Surgical Nurses" on page 16.

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