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Mercy College Faculty/Staff Published in Journal of Nursing Education

Getting to Know You: Development of an RN-to-BSN Online Orientation

By:Eileen Hansen, MA; Connie Lynn Clark, PhD, RN; Joan M. McCleish, PhD, RN; and Joah R. Hogan, BA

Traditional nursing program orientations may not meet the needs of today’s RN-to-BSN students. This article describes how both the informational and social goals of an orientation program may be effectively accomplished in a more flexible manner that meets students’ needs by moving from a face-to-face format to an online format using a course management system.

Providing entering baccalaureate nursing (BSN ) students with an effective college and program orientation is a vital step in helping students successfully navigate the many systems, policies, and procedures that exist within a college setting. The development of an online orientation format is discussed in this article (Click Here to read more).

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