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Nursing career development framework: Nursing orientation and preceptorship

Nursing education is provided in line with the Queensland Health Nursing Staff Development Framework (2004) under the spheres of Orientation, Transition and Continuing/Ongoing Education.

Newly employed nurses attend the Children's Health Services (CHS) Orientation and the Nursing Orientation Program, coordinated by the Practice Development Unit. This program develops an understanding of Health Care Governance and the roles and responsibilities of all nursing staff.

In collaboration with all CHS staff, Nurses share responsibility for:

Nurses are supported to consolidate these concepts by:

Following nursing orientation, newly employed nurses are paired with a preceptor in their clinical area. The clinical orientation and preceptor program is individually tailored to meet learning needs and specific ward requirements.  This supports establishment of a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge that enables future learning and development.

Last Updated: 05 July 2011
Last Reviewed: 27 March 2007