Nursing Orientation & Education Programs

General Nursing Orientation

The general nursing orientation program is offered every two weeks, providing the framework to prepare RNs and LVNs to practice in the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

  • Nurses attend up to five days, depending on their area of practice, before going to department/unit-specific orientation.

Outpatient Clinic Orientation

Orientation for RNs and LVNs focuses on the adult patient and consists of classroom instruction, as well as skills and demonstrations.

  • The newly hired nurse is exposed to nursing as performed in the outpatient clinics.
  • Clinic-specific orientation with a preceptor is included to prepare nurses for their role in the assigned areas.

Community-Oriented Primary Care Orientation

RNs and LVNs experience a five-day orientation that includes classroom instruction and skills demonstrations specific to working in any one of nine community clinics.

  • The curriculum contains pediatric, adolescent and adult nursing to facilitate cross training between the clinics.
  • Clinic-specific orientation with a nurse preceptor is also included to help prepare nurses for their role in community health care.

Medicine/Surgery Orientation

This two-day orientation is incorporated into the last two days of general nursing orientation and is designed to familiarize new nurses with the policies, procedures and nursing skills required on a general med/surg unit.

  • Lectures by nurse educators include topics such as chart forms, pre- and post-surgical care, blood administration, tracheostomy care, chest tubes, IV therapy and central lines.
  • Demonstrations in a skills lab are available for those needing to refresh their skills in any area.
  • Unit-specific orientation with a preceptor is included to prepare nurses for their role in the assigned areas.

Medicine/Surgery Fellowship

This orientation program is designed for new graduate RNs who will be working on general surgery, trauma or medicine units.

  • The fellowship encompasses didactic and clinical components.
  • Classes focus on wound care, IV therapy, neuro, trauma, ortho, general surgery and medicine topics.
  • Class format is lecture, lab and case studies integrated with clinical time. Orientees spend approximately 10 weeks with a preceptor in their assigned areas.

Mother Baby Orientation

In addition to general nursing orientation, new nurses in the newborn and postpartum clinical areas receive a four-day classroom orientation to familiarize them with the policies, procedures and general routines specific to high-risk antepartum, postpartum and newborn nursery.

  • Unit-specific orientation with a preceptor is included to prepare nurses for their role in the assigned areas.

To find out more about the Parkland Nursing Orientation and Education Programs, contact us.