Creating a Centralized Curriculum for Successful New Graduate Cohort Orientation to Critical Care

Author(s): Michael Defrancisco, Britney Meunier, Amy Stafford

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP B 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Education

Role: Staff, Educator

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Historically, orientation to critical care for new graduate RNs is lengthy, challenging and resource-intensive. Given the transition to virtual learning and reduced clinical experiences for nursing students during the pandemic, a novel approach to onboarding this era of new graduates is necessary. This presentation describes a transition from unit-based to centralized initial onboarding to efficiently support a large cohort of new graduate RNs hired in several specialty ICUs.


  • Compare and contrast a unit-based versus a centralized orientation platform.
  • Describe the benefits of improved efficiency in centralized cohort onboarding for new graduate nurses.
  • Identify key curriculum components pertinent to all new graduate nurses transitioning to practice in the critical care setting.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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