You only get one chance to make a first impression. This is as important for your unit as well as the new, incoming nurses. So how can you make a new nurse feel welcome in an already established unit team? Before you take another step, there are just a few simple things you can do to make the onboarding process for anyone you bring in to your facility. Let’s take a closer look.
Be prepared for their first day.
The worst thing a new employee can experience in any position is a company or facility unprepared for them to start. Don’t make them wait for equipment, information, or training. Put policies in place that can streamline the onboarding process and ensure that your new nurses are given the right welcome.
Introduce them during non-busy times.
It can be difficult in a medical office or hospital to determine when exactly will be a non-busy time, but if you can it will help the process go more smoothly. For example, Monday’s are often very busy at doctor’s offices, but maybe Friday will be less crazy. Introduce your new team member when people will be able to pay attention.
Assign them a team mentor.
One of the best things you can do with a new nurse in your unit is partner them with a veteran nurse to help show them the ropes. This gives them not only the day to day training on the job, but also allows them to ask questions as they come up and learn the overall culture of your department.
Develop welcome traditions.
Little things make a huge difference. Some nurse managers will take their new employee out to lunch on their first day. Or they may celebrate their first birthday as an employee with a party in the department. Create traditions that will make everyone feel like part of the team.
Let the team lead the tour.
Another great way to make your new nurse feel welcome in a team environment is to allow the team to lead the tour and orientation on their first day. This shows that you’re not the ultimate authority and that the new employee can take direction and help inform decisions with the rest of the team.
Are you prepared for your new hire in the nursing department? Contact the team at Fortus Healthcare Group to see how we can help today!
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