Date of Award
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
Maryellen Roberts, DNP
Kristi Stinson, PhD
Stacey Cuomo, DNP
Onboarding, Advanced Practice Nurse Onboarding, Pre-Anesthesia Clinic
Onboarding advanced practice nurses to the pre-anesthesia clinic (OBPAC) is a complex process that involves the integration and familiarization of new employees with the workplace. It is considered essential for safe and efficient clinical practice and the achievement of organizational goals. Fostering independence and competency are the overall aims of the onboarding process. The preceptor ensures that new advanced practice nurses (APNs) receive the support and guidance needed when learning new skills (Simone et al., 2016). There is evidence to show that dedicating time to a well-organized onboarding plan, laying clear job expectations with precepting, and continuous mentoring increases precepting, job satisfaction, and staff retention (Bowe, 2018). Providing clear objectives, regular and timely feedback, a blueprint for onboarding, and frequent communication such as post-onboarding check-ins are some of the educational resources that were developed with strategies recommended by Benner (1984) as a guide. The pre-anesthesia clinic guidelines learning checklist has offered up-to-date clinical knowledge to ensure that time is assigned to learn and demonstrate skills attained through the OBPAC. As APNs gain competence and become advanced beginners in the clinical aspect, they will routinely be required to call on their abilities of problem-solving and anticipation of challenges. Evaluations post-OBPAC have been favorable, garnered positive feedback from preceptors, new APNs, and the administration, and improved post-testing in new APNs.
Abate, Megan P., "Onboarding Advanced Practice Nurses to Pre-Anesthesia Care" (2023). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 3083.