Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Janie Carlton

Abstract

The decisive factor for this project was the Health Care Organization's decision to combine the medical/surgical units from two campuses into one department. This process required the Registered Nurses to reapply for their positions, merge into one unit, and transition to a different physical location. The next major process to occur will be the changing of patient acuity-levels from general medical/surgical to medical/surgical progressive care.

This project will provide a cost effective educational plan based on Benner's novice to expert theory which will ensure efficient transition for the expert medical/surgical nurse to an expert progressive care nurse. A structured orientation process has been developed which will provide lecture, blended-learning, and simulation presentations. The process will be flexible in order to include just-in-time education as required by the individuals. Patient safety and quality of care will be driving factors in the educational plan. Retention of the experienced general medical/surgical nurse will be a major goal of this reorientation process.