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Journal for Nurses in Professional Development

November 2000, Volume 16 Number 6 , p 249 -


  • Susan D Bumgarner MSN, RN,C, CPAN
  • Ginger H Biggerstaff MSN, RN,C


Nurse educators’ and managers’ experiences in dealing with new nurse anxiety reminds one of how critical orientation is to the success of the new nurse’s employment. Orientation directly influences retention, job satisfaction, productivity, and quality patient care (Biley & Smith, 1998). This article presents the adaptation of a clinical pathway used in a preceptor program to provide patient-centered approaches to nurse orientation.

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