Improving Pediatric Care in the ED

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A 3 page research paper that discusses using Patricia Benner's novice to expert nursing theory within the context of a hospital Emergency Department (ED), which is one of the most stressful nursing environments and one that is particularly traumatic for children needing emergency care. In response to the need to recruit and retain ED nurses, while providing a high level of nursing care, the ED clinical educator at Poudre Valley Hospital located in Fort Collins, Colorado, devised a six-month orientation program that uses Benner's model as its theoretical framework in order to aid "new graduate nurses" and "promote clinical competency in emergency nursing," while enhancing professional socialization (Truman, 2004, p. 45). The writer discusses this program. Bibliography lists 2 sources.