1. Introduction to the hospital.
Nurses should be familiar with the hospital's history, mission, and values. They should also be familiar with the locations of key areas such as the pharmacy, lab, and cafeteria.
2. Overview of the patient's chart.
Nurses should be familiar with the types of information included in a patient's chart, as well as how to access it.
3. Policies and procedures.
Nurses should be familiar with the hospital's policies and procedures for topics such as infection control, patient safety, and medication administration.
4. Infection control.
Nurses should know how to prevent and control infections, and understand the principles of hand hygiene.
5. Patient safety.
Nurses should know how to identify and respond to potential safety hazards, and understand the importance of patient communication.
6. Medication administration.
Nurses should know how to administer medications safely and accurately, including calculating doses correctly.
Nurses should understand the purpose of documentation, and be familiar with the types of information that are typically included in nursing notes.
8. Clinical skills and assessment.
Nurses should be proficient in performing clinical assessments, including taking vital signs and measuring blood pressure.
9. Communication and interpersonal relationships.
Nurses should be able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals.
10. Professional responsibilities.
Nurses should understand their ethical and legal responsibilities, and know how to file a report if they have concerns about patient care.