AWHONN Position Statement: Orientation of the Registered Nurse to the Perinatal Setting

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recommends that nurse orientation is customized to meet the needs of the individual orientee based on baseline knowledge and preferred learning method, such as hands on skills, discussion, case scenarios, and simulation. Learning outcomes should be focused on the nursing process and should incorporate specific information required by each facility, including key safety content. The duration of orientation is based on the individual nurse and experience; specialized areas of practice such as perinatal care may require more than a standardized 12-week process.

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