Effective orientation programs for new graduate nurses: A systematic review

Retno Indah Pertiwi, Rr Tutik Sri Hariyati

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Objective: To determine the most effective orientation program for new graduate nurses (NGNs) in hospital settings. Method: A systematic review of existing literature was conducted following a search of the electronic databases Science Direct, PubMed, EBSCOhost, ProQuest, and Wiley Online (2008–2018). Searches utilized the following keywords nurse orientation, new nurse orientation, practical orientation, nurse transition, and nurse transition program. Results: A total of fourteen studies met our review criteria. Evidence from these studies showed that current orientation protocols consist of preceptorship, classes, and simulations of patient care. The most efficacious orientations had well-established goals and utilized proven learning materials, support systems such as preceptorship and mentorship, learning methods, and evaluation instruments within the organization. Conclusion: Well-designed orientation programs will result in positive effects on NGNs and patient care in the hospital.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Newly graduated nurse
  • Nurse orientation program
  • Nurse transition program

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