Nursing Services Orientation

Children's of Alabama Offers a Three Phase Orientation for Nurses

We offer a comprehensive orientation program that prepares nurses to feel comfortable and to function safely and effectively with the pediatric patient. The orientation process includes didactic content in the classroom, clinical demonstration and evaluation in skills labs, and one-on-one mentoring with experienced nurses in the clinical area.

Phase one of orientation is General Hospital Orientation conducted by the Human Resources Department. Through discussion of programs such as Performance Improvement, new employees will gain a working understanding of our mission to the children of Alabama to provide the finest pediatric health services and our vision of a better childhood for all children.

Phase two of orientation is provided by the Nursing Service Department and coordinated by The Surpora Thomas Pediatric Nursing Education and Research Center. This begins with an assessment of each new nurse's learning needs relative to the practice of pediatric nursing. An initial plan to meet these needs is implemented at this time. Classes specific to care of infants and children are provided, such as growth and development, neonatal IV therapy, central venous line management and medication calculation.

Phase three of orientation is a unit-level competency-based clinical orientation facilitated by the Department Director of the unit and the unit level Educator. The length of orientation during this phase varies with education, clinical experience and identified learning needs of the individual nurse. Specific classroom content, self-study and one-on-one clinical orientation are components of this phase of orientation. The focus of this phase of orientation is on clinical competence, while integrating our values of compassion, trust and teamwork.