Onboarding advanced practice nurses: development of an orientation program in a cardiac center

J Nurs Adm. 2011 Jan;41(1):36-40. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182002a36.


The advanced practice nurse (APN) is critical to continuity of patient care, particularly in an innovative and research-intensive environment. The intensity of the environment, steep learning curve, and lack of a structured orientation can lead to difficulties in role assimilation and feelings of disconnectedness. This led the authors to undertake an improvement project to develop an onboarding program for APNs and develop strategies to orient them to their role. The authors describe the program and discuss how it was perceived by the APNs. Program evaluation and suggestions for future nursing research are identified.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Advanced Practice Nursing / education*
  • Advanced Practice Nursing / organization & administration
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cardiology Service, Hospital
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Heart Diseases / nursing
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse Clinicians / education*
  • Nurse Clinicians / organization & administration
  • Nurse Clinicians / psychology
  • Nurse Practitioners / education*
  • Nurse Practitioners / organization & administration
  • Nurse Practitioners / psychology
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Philadelphia
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires