Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Katherine Baumgartner


The purpose of this project is to create a new nurse orientation program. The project provides socialization, mentorship, organizational context, and information that is crucial for a new graduate nurse to successfully integrate into the IHS healthcare team. It is critical for all new graduate nurses to be socialized and acculturated into their practice environments. This is particularly true when a nurse is hired to work in an environment that has a very specific cultural context, such as Pine Ridge Hospital, located on the Pine Ridge lndian Reservation in South Dakota. lnformation for this project was gathered through a literature review, participant observation, and informal discussion with nursing staff members employed at Pine Ridge Hospital.


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Nursing Commons