Nursing Staff Orientation

Staff Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse Orientation

Central orientation for new registered nurses and licensed practical nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is an interactive two-week experience including:

  • Electronic medical record training
  • Safe patient handling
  • Infection prevention
  • Patient and staff safety
  • Other relevant topics specific to UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Orientation to a specific nursing division and unit includes additional classes and individualized time spent with a preceptor. Unit orientation may range from weeks to months, depending on the unit and the experience level of the nurse. New graduate registered nurses also participate in the Nurse Residency Program during their first year.

Nursing Assistant Orientation

Central orientation for new nursing assistants is an interactive two-week experience including:

  • Electronic medical record training
  • Safe patient handling
  • Infection prevention
  • Patient and staff safety.

The class also includes skill training for personal care of the patient in the acute care setting

Orientation to a specific nursing division and unit includes additional classes and individualized time spent with a unit staff member.

Orientation for:

  • Surgical Technician
  • Central Sterilizing Technician
  • Nursing Unit Clerk
  • Medical Assistant

Central orientation for a surgical technician or medical assistant consists of classroom education on specialized topics and electronic medical record training. The remainder of orientation time is spent on the unit.

Safe Patient Handling

Safe patient handling includes training on proper body mechanics, as well as demonstration and return demonstration on the use of limited, extensive, and total assist transfer and lift devices.