New Graduate Support Group

Part I: Round Table Discussion

  • Facilitator meets with new grads approximately 6 weeks after being hired for a roundtable discussion to assess/discuss what is going well and what challenges they are having
  • New grads share questions, concerns, fears, challenges, and successes of being a new nurse
  • The meeting provides a networking opportunity with peers
  • The setting is supportive and safe; conversations are confidential and the new grads are encouraged to speak honestly about their perceptions and experiences
  • Feedback from these discussions is used to improve orientation

Part II:  New Nurse Graduate Workshop 

  • New grads attend an 8-hour workshop in April or November
  • New grads are introduced to support services and people available to support them
  • Agenda/Topics of discussion include the following:
    • Reality Shock
    • Time Management (Organization, Prioritization, Delegation)
    • Team Building
    • Dealing with Conflict
    • Generational Influences
    • Surviving Shift Work (Taking control of sleep and proper eating habits)
    • Achieving Work/Life Balance