Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The year 2020 was not the year of the nurse that many expected. Frontline teammates were put at risk for so much more than just the usually fast-paced clinical and ethical decisions of their time. In a matter of months, the same professionals that were noted for being hard-working, diligent individuals were now fatigued, burned out, and working under some stressed and unrealistic constraints. The staffing needs in several acute care facilities changed drastically as the global crisis now known as COVID-19 continued to spread. Nationwide redeployment models were initiated, pulling many nurses into new unchartered territory. Among the stress and strain of converting a patient facing a dominant world into one that integrates technology became the focus, leaving many areas of burden for outpatient facilities and nurse leaders. This experience of deficiency highlighted an oversight of facility-specific and unit-specific orientation programs for nurses on temporary assignment. The reality of the healthcare profession switching to this new virtual world of fluctuating costs, nursing shortages, and unsafe conditions happened quickly. While technology has boosted some professions into the future, it continues to provide some deficits with coordinating quality patient care. The purpose of this project was to develop an appropriate universal orientation model to educate experienced float nurses to several ambulatory oncology sites in the Southern Region of a healthcare organization in the Southeastern United States. The implications of this project are to increase patient and teammate safety, teammate morale, and increased autonomy of experienced float nurses.
Massey, Latoria, "Working through a Virtual Reality: Empowering Experienced Nurses through Hybrid Orientation Programs" (2021). Master of Science in Nursing Theses and Projects. 33.
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