Research shows the importance of supporting new nurse recruits during their transition into a workplace. Starting a new career, or a new position, can be a very stressful and critical time. Depending on their experience, nurses may move from one unit or facility to another, or even leave the profession entirely.
Recognizing the importance of workplace transition, the New Brunswick Nurses Union, the NB Department of Health, the Vitalité Health Network (formerly Beauséjour Regional Health Authority) and the Université de Moncton developed a project with two goals:
- to enhance new nurse orientation and thereby facilitate the integration of new recruits
- to provide mentorship opportunities for more senior nurses, valuing their knowledge and expertise, and providing additional help for new recruits.