New graduates in the burn unit

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2004 Mar;16(1):51-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2003.09.006.


The nursing shortage is widespread. The shortage of available experienced registered nurses has led to an influx of new graduate nurses (GN) into the acute care setting. This influx of inexperienced nurses into highly specialized areas has established a need to develop effective GN training programs that promote sound clinical performance,encourage professional development, and strengthen recruitment and retention efforts. This article discusses the training needs of GNs in burn units and reviews the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) GN residency program with a discussion of its successes and future challenges.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burn Units*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Colorado
  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Employee Performance Appraisal
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration*
  • Internship, Nonmedical / organization & administration
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / supply & distribution
  • Personnel Selection / organization & administration
  • Preceptorship / organization & administration
  • Workforce