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Frontline defense: Why your organization can’t overlook orientation

6 May 2014

Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications 
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Frontline defense: Why your organization can’t overlook orientation
New STTI book helps you maximize your clinical orientation program,
set up nurses for success
INDIANAPOLIS — For any organization, the orientation process can be an opportunity seized or an opportunity wasted, say the authors of the new book Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation: Onboarding Solutions for Nurses, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Statistics reveal that up to 4 percent of employees quit after the first day at a new job and 22 percent of new-employee turnover occurs within the first 45 days, according to David Freeman’s 2013 white paper.
In the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, presents a pragmatic, realistic approach to clinical orientation to meet the needs of the nurses, organization and patients. 
“A good orientation experience is critical to a successful and happy career,” said Jeffery and Jarvis. “Unfortunately, orientation is too often taken for granted and seen as something that must be endured, rather than appreciated as the front line of defense for safe patient care. It is one of the best risk management tools available to any organization.”
Jeffery and Jarvis’s text is designed as a quick reference guide for clinical orientation, equipping busy nurse leaders and training managers with helpful worksheets and simple tools to make the orientation process as easy and effective as possible. The book includes customized training plans and onboarding instructions for all types of orientees, including the new college grad, the nurse who struggles with interpersonal communication, the experienced nurse, and even the nurse who wants to quit.  
The basis of the book is the popular ADDIE model — the standard for designing training programs — which instructional designers and educators across multiple industries utilize. Jeffery and Jarvis directly apply the model to the clinical field, likening ADDIE to the nursing process and guiding readers through the five essential phases of successful orientation.
“The worksheets and real-life examples in the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation make it easy to analyze your current onboarding processes and uncover ideas that are both pragmatic and practical while helping you better understand the important role culture and connection play in your onboarding program,” said Cheryl L. Hoying, senior vice president of patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation: Onboarding Solutions for Nurses
By Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR
ISBN-13: 9781938835384. Published by STTI, April 2014.
Price: US $34.95. Soft cover and e-book, 224 pages. Trim size: 6 x 9 
Available at
About the authors:
Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, is an education consultant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities. Jeffery has served as the unit-based educator in a pediatric intensive-care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is board certified in nursing professional development.
Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, is principal of R. L. Jarvis & Associates, providing leadership development and strategic facilitation. Working in learning development and human resources for more than 20 years, Jarvis specializes in cross-cultural communication, accelerated learning, instructional design, leadership development, and facilitation, and she has co-presented at International Society for Performance Improvement conferences on the topic of orientation and onboarding. In 1996, she received a SEMATECH corporate award for the orientation program she
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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