Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Margaret Levine


The intention of this quality improvement project is to improve the process of staff development in a 16-bed, acute rehabilitation unit by implementing a mentor-based orientation program. Rehabilitation nursing is a specialty that requires knowledge of the rehab philosophy and milieu. The lack of a rehab-specific educational component of the orientation process causes the new nurses anxiety and dissatisfaction which negatively impacts nurse retention. The project aims to improve the confidence and competence of new nurses, decrease nurse turnover rate, and increase nurse retention by providing a rehab-specific, orientation class. The MiRehab booklet and a PowerPoint presentation were developed as methods of educational delivery by the interdisciplinary team. A pre- and post-orientation class Likert-scale survey measuring confidence and competence was given to eight new nurses. One month after the orientation class, another Likert-scale survey was given to the new nurses and four mentors to determine if the support of a mentor during the orientation process was favorable. Results showed that the educational component of the mentor-based orientation program improved the new nurse’s confidence and competence in their rehab knowledge and skills. Nurse satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and nurse turnover rate can be measured after the full implementation of the mentor-based orientation program.


Recommended Citation

Bano, Sheryl P., “Mentor-based Orientation Program” (2017). Master’s project and Capstones.

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