Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Joyce Miller

Abstract

Collaboration within multiple disciplines is fundamental to the success of any health care practitioner. For the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), collaboration as well as the use of a mentor during a detailed, organized orientation leads to success in the chosen field of the APRN. A good orientation requires the current staff to work together in a harmonious way to mentor the new orientee and ultimately produces a confident staff member. An unorganized orientation lacking in collaboration may force the orientee to struggle, never knowing if they are on the right path, can lead to disruption of the unit, dissatisfaction, discouragement, and a potential for the orientee to leave the unit. All APRNs begin their careers as beginners, relying on preceptors or mentors as well as their educational background to begin to function within the work setting. Through experience, collaboration, and time, the APRN advances into an intermediate stage where the APRN becomes an expert where experience is influenced by intention, consciousness and intuitive and holistic practices. A project developing, a resource manual for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in a pediatric cardiac catherization unit blossomed into a resource manual with input from multiple disciplines. The resource manual has application for many practitioners, not only for those in the field of anesthesia for CRNAs but for other new staff- Registered Nurses (RNs), technicians, residents- working together in the pediatric cardiac catherization lab. Through true collaboration among groups -RNs, technicians, Physician Assistants, CRNAs, Anesthesiologists- the reference was able to group and become a recourse for many professionals.

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