Nursing Orientation Unit for RN Integration, Support, and Health

Introducing the Nursing Orientation Unit for RN Integration, Support & Health (NOURISH™)

Part of The Institute for Nursing Excellence’s Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research.

New nurses will participate in a unique orientation model focused on:

  • Supportive teaching and learning with a dedicated Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioner
  • Opportunity to work closely with peer nursing graduates and nursing leadership
  • Bolstering skills to transition to practice and practice readiness
  • Clinical experiences to build competence and confidence
  • Tailored learning experiences based on needs

A one-of-a-kind orientation model found only at New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive academic health system.

Nurse training

The RWJBH Nursing Orientation Unit for RN Integration, Support, and Health (NOURISH™) Program is a unique model for orienting newly licensed RNs on a dedicated orientation unit, specifically designed to promote competence, confidence and comfort. The cornerstone of the program is facilitating integration into the nursing profession and nursing team by providing support and prioritizing well-being. In this innovative program, the unit is geared towards supportive teaching and learning to ease the transition into the practice of professional nursing and mitigate challenges as new graduates enter practice. Clinical experiences are planned and provided through the support of Preceptors and on-unit Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioners, as well as other educational resources.

Nurses with patient in bed

Orientation is based on competency assessment and personalized to a nurse’s individual professional development needs. Experiential learning, in a supportive environment, is vital to preparing and retaining new nurses for practice while providing safe patient care. The NOURISH™ Program uses a dedicated orientation unit which serves as the ideal environment for experiential learning for the new graduate. This environment must provide for the assimilation of new staff members into the team, goal-directed precepting, direct and timely two-way feedback and ongoing support and mentoring.


The Institute for Nursing Excellence

To learn more about NOURISH™ please contact:

Mary Beth Russell PhD, MA, RN, NPDA-BC, NEA-BC, FNAP, CPHQ
Senior Vice President
The Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research
The Institute for Nursing Excellence