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Nursing Orientation

The Kennedy Health System’s Education Department is committed to the success of each nurse who joins our outstanding patient care team.  Whether you are a novice or an experienced nurse, our comprehensive orientation program, offered with a personal touch, will meet your individual training needs.

We help prepare you in a variety of ways when you join our nursing team:

  • Class lectures and lab sessions
  • Critical Care Internship
  • Individualized goal setting
  • Clinical experiences with trained preceptors
  • Competency assessment
  • Special learning modules
  • On-line resources

You and your Nurse Manager will plan your clinical orientation.  A preceptor is assigned to work closely with new nurses on each shift.  On many units, a Clinical Nurse Specialist also monitors your progress and can facilitate enhanced learning experiences as you need them.

You will also receive a Clinical Orientation Workbook containing unit-specific tools to use each orientation day.

Additional courses offered by Kennedy’s Education Department:

We offer the following additional courses for your orienation and career advancement as you begin working at Kennedy:

  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
  • Peripheral IV and Phlebotomy Certification
  • Nursing Professionalism Course (delegation, time management, critical thinking)
  • Basic Dysrhythmia Certification
  • Cerification review courses (critical care, emergency, and medical surgical)
  • Trauma Course
  • Triage Class
  • Chemotherapy Certification
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Course
  • Charge Nurse Course
  • Preceptor Workshop