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Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, co-authored by VUSN PhD Student Alvin Jeffrey

In the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PhD student Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, presents a pragmatic, realistic approach to clinical orientation to meet the needs of the nurses, organization and patients.  Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the text is designed as a quick reference guide for clinical orientation, equipping busy nurse leaders and training managers with helpful worksheets and simple tools to make the orientation process as easy and effective as possible. The book includes customized training plans and onboarding instructions for all types of orientees, including the new college grad, the nurse who struggles with interpersonal communication, the experienced nurse, and even the nurse who wants to quit.

“A good orientation experience is critical to a successful and happy career,” said Jeffery and Jarvis. “Unfortunately, orientation is too often taken for granted and seen as something that must be endured, rather than appreciated as the front line of defense for safe patient care. It is one of the best risk management tools available to any organization.”

The basis of the book is the popular ADDIE model — the standard for designing training programs — which instructional designers and educators across multiple industries utilize. Jeffery and Jarvis directly apply the model to the clinical field, likening ADDIE to the nursing process and guiding readers through the five essential phases of successful orientation.

“The worksheets and real-life examples in the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation make it easy to analyze your current onboarding processes and uncover ideas that are both pragmatic and practical while helping you better understand the important role culture and connection play in your onboarding program,” said Cheryl L. Hoying, senior vice president of patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Available at nursingknowledge.org/sttibooks

About the authors:

Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, is an education consultant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities.  Jeffery has served as the unit-based educator in a pediatric intensive-care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is board certified in nursing professional development, and is pursuing a PhD at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, is principal of R. L. Jarvis & Associates, providing leadership development and strategic facilitation. Working in learning development and human resources for more than 20 years, Jarvis specializes in cross-cultural communication, accelerated learning, instructional design, leadership development, and facilitation, and she has co-presented at International Society for Performance Improvement conferences on the topic of orientation and onboarding. In 1996, she received a SEMATECH corporate award for the orientation program she co-designed.



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