Several nurses suggest to the nurse manager that the new hire RN needs additional time on orientation in order to perform her duties safely and effectively. What should the nurse manager do?

Meet with the new nurse and the preceptor to schedule additional orientation time and discuss the areas needing improvement.

Explanation

•Many new nurses need additional orientation time; this does not mean the nurse is incompetent. The nurse manager should outline the areas that need improvement with the new nurse, identify goals, and provide additional time for the new nurse to improve.

•Incorrect: Informing the entire staff that a new nurse is struggling is inappropriate and can potentially embarrass the new nurse.

•Incorrect: Firing the new nurse is not appropriate at this time. New nurses struggle, but there is no evidence that the new hire has done anything wrong.

•Incorrect: Allowing the new nurse to finish orientation before he or she is adequately trained is irresponsible and dangerous for the patients. 

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