Development of a Model Competency-Based Orientation Program
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The orientation of graduate baccalaureate nursing students is a challenging and exciting task for the U.S. Air Force USAF staff development educator. In addition, the staff development educator must also orient nurses that may already be experienced in nursing and just new to the military, as well as nurses that are experienced nurses and military officers. The staff development educator must design a cost and learning effective and efficient program to meet the varied needs of those nurses, the USAF, and the client population being served. Four concepts were identified as comprising the core of an orientation program -- adult learning, motivation, needs assessment, and evaluation. Based on a literature review of each concept and of orientation, the competency-based orientation model utilizing a skills checklist was found to be the most effective and efficient model for use in USAF medical facilities.
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