The goals for the new RN participants in the NETU program included: (a) developing confidence with assessment skills and creating the patient's plan of care, (b) practicing foundational intervention and psychomotor skills, (c) establishing safe practice behaviors to reduce patient and employee harm, (d) providing familiarity with facility policies and procedures, (e) assisting with organization and prioritization skills, and (f) applying knowledge and skill into practice.
Monitoring progress of the NETU participant included regular check-ins with nursing leadership, as well as online followup evaluations at 30, 60, and 90 days.
Criteria for preceptors on the NETU included a minimum of 2 years' experience, a bachelor of science in nursing degree, and no disciplinary action.
The NETU program began expanding outside of the medical-surgical service line to include new graduate nurses starting in observation areas and in the float pool.
Of the nurses hired within the medical-surgical service line who went through the NETU program, retention was 100%.
The NETU program has expanded to a second medical-surgical nursing unit.
The continued development of the NETU program assists in reinforcing professional practice.