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The collaborative support model for the graduate nurse is a proactive approach to supporting all aspects of nursing during the 18-week orientation. Weekly meetings include the unit manager, clinical learning educator, unit clinician, registered nurse (RN) resident, and preceptor. Weekly assessment tools containing goals are created and reviewed by the RN resident and preceptor. Learning needs are then addressed by the team. Because the support model was fully implemented, residents have been able to complete the training program successfully, demonstrating confidence, critical thinking, and a strong skill set. The most rewarding outcome has been the link with management, the clinical learning educator, clinicians, and staff.

Original publication




Journal article


J Contin Educ Nurs

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315 - 323


Cooperative Behavior, Humans, Inservice Training, Interprofessional Relations, Models, Educational, Nursing Staff, Staff Development