Students Nurses personal and professional development
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center's dynamic orientation team takes ownership and pride in its commitment to provide a program that offers the opportunity for professional growth and development for all our newly hired nurses.
We provide you with ongoing mentorship from orientation specialists and/or preceptors selected according to your needs and experience. After a two-day general hospital and a four-day general nursing orientation, newly hired nurses begin work in their clinical areas along side their preceptor. The orientation experience integrates application of clinical knowledge with psychomotor skills competencies, enhancement of clinical knowledge, computer-assisted learning, bedside care and patient assignments. We also include other opportunities to spend share days or observation time in other units or ancillary departments to better understand the continuum of care, to develop collaborative relationships among members of the interdisciplinary care team and to optimize the quality of our patient care delivery.
Career opportunities and organizational resources to support the clinical practice of our nurses contribute to our environment of professional development and nurse retention. We provide financial and educational support for professional certification and recertification. In some areas we offer computer-assisted learning to achieve certification such as the Essentials for Critical Care Orientation program through AACN. We support study programs and unit-based study groups to prepare our nurses to sit for certification exams.
The Nursing Externship program is designed to provide senior nursing students with the opportunity to get to know MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. By working part-time during senior year of an accredited nursing program, the nurse extern is eligible to receive tuition assistance, practical experience and employment opportunities within MedStar Franklin Square following graduation.