SIM Courses

New Graduate Nurse Orientation Program

Background: The need for a structured transition from student nurse to professional nurse has been well documented and in recent years, a new graduate nurse orientation program has been identified as a key strategy in providing safe patient care. Simulation technology is an important component of new graduate nurse orientation programs. Since 2006, 325 new graduate nurses have participated in the New Graduate Nurse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The use of human patient simulators and simulated scenarios increase the competencies of new graduate nurses and their confidence and self-assessed readiness to provide safe care to patients.

Format: One hour simulations

Venue: Unit-based simulation suite

Frequency: 8 simulations within 14 weeks

Expertise Level: Intermediate

Course Leaders: Karen Conwell RN, MSN, CPNP, Eva Gomez MSN RN-BC CPN, Cassandra Mombrun MSN RN


Simulations include:

  • Evaluating patient safety at bedside
  • Pain management
  • Seizures,
  • Chest tubes
  • Sepsis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Arrhythmias
  • Respiratory arrest


  1. These simulations offer a consistent and replicable orientation process with the new graduate nurse. Simulations support the ability to evaluate competency development, provide standardized experiences, provide standardized evaluation, and detect remediate learning needs.
  2. Utilizing debriefing after every simulation enhances self-reflection and reframing from positive and negative simulation experiences as well as develops effective decision-making abilities related to clinical judgment and performance in the new graduate nurse.


Eva Gomez
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