Nursing Service Orientation

The purpose of orientation at Children's of Alabama is to assist the newly hired employee to function safely and effectively in his or her new role. Orientation provides a planned program of classroom, clinical instruction, and activities that acquaint the new employee with the hospital structure, the Department of Nursing, other disciplines and departments, basic policies and procedures, and practices relevant to his/her duties.

The orientation of new employees in Nursing Professional Development at Children’s of Alabama is divided into three segments.

I. New Employee Orientation to Children's of Alabama

The Human Resources Department conducts New Employee Orientation on the first Monday and Tuesday of every pay period. The orientation material covers relevant hospital wide services, including our mission, vision, and value statements. This time period allows new hires an opportunity to ask questions, and complete elements of employment, such as health screening, obtaining name badge, parking, and benefits if applicable.)

Monday & Tuesday New Employee Orientation Schedule

II. Nursing Services Orientation

The Nursing Professional Development department coordinates this portion of orientation.

The purpose of Nursing Services Orientation is to acquaint the new nursing service employee (clinical assistant, behavioral health assistant, unit support specialist, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse) with basic job descriptions, responsibilities and behaviors, policies and procedures, safety, and quality behaviors, and to assess individual learning preferences/needs. Teaching methods used are didactic lecture, simulation, computer based training modules, and hands on learning.

Orientation for newly hired nurses is scheduled monthly, (bi-monthly at peak onboarding time periods) on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday after New Employee Orientation.

Orientation for newly hired Clinical Assistants, Behavior Assistants, and Unit Support Specialists is held monthly, on the Wednesday following New Employee Orientation.

III. Unit Based Orientation

The final segment of orientation takes place at the new employee’s assigned unit and is coordinated by the unit nurse educator. The length of this orientation period is dependent upon job title, past experiences, and current learning needs of the employee, as well as unit acuity/criticality. Each new hire will be paired with a preceptor, who serves as a role model, educator, evaluator, socializer, and resource person. Each new hire will complete a Competency Based Orientation document during orientation.