Nursing Pathways

New Grad Program

Welcome and Program Overview

"The Regional New Grad RN Program is a 7- week orientation and training program that encompasses both the didactic and clinical experience for a new RN recently hired into Kaiser Permanente.  Designed to ease the transition of a new graduate RN into professional practice, the course learnings will strengthen their clinical and analytical skills, promote their professional growth and establish their self-confidence and independence.  Subject experts from local medical centers and regional offices will discuss key topics basic to all medical centers’ hospital nursing practice.  Clinical topics include patient education, scope of practice, resource management, clinical judgment in nursing care, and wound/ostomy care.  Leadership topics include inter-generational communication, conflict management and problem solving, prioritization with delegation and strategies to succeed reality shock."

Incorporated throughout the curriculum are the Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies and Tanner’s Clinical Judgment Model.  Evaluation of participants’ understanding is assessed through simulation lab (SIMs) scenarios, group discussions, activities, role- playing and clinical performance.  Following completion of Regional New Graduate RN Program, the new graduates return to their medical center to continue their customized clinical orientation. 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this 7-week program, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the scope of practice of a RN and LVN in the hospital setting.
  2. Identify and define critical thinking skills and habits of the nurse mind.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving within the healthcare setting
  4. Utilize and demonstrate the principles of wound care and ostomy management
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when prioritizing, delegating, teaching, problem solving and resolving conflict.
  6. Demonstrate how to effectively identify teachable moments and provide must know teaching to patients/family members.
  7. Identify and describe how to access appropriate resources

In addition, specific objectives are established for scheduled topics per didactic classroom days.