I have an example of what we use for our local hospitals that use our simulation lab. I will send it to your e-mail address. We do not charge the hospitals, which is good and bad. The only expense we really have is my time. Now that I know what I'm doing, I'm only in the room to run the scenarios (the hospital educators take care of the debriefing). We have been focusing on processes and hospital policies for this group more than skill performance.
We also have a laptop available and can log into the hospital training site for charting. This is very helpful with debriefing.
I prefer orientation with the nurses who have been working awhile, but we get them with varying degrees of experience. When someone has only been working 6 weeks, I don't know if simulation is as helpful as it is when the person has been working 3 months. I think the nurses are pretty overwhelmed early on. It is interesting though, no matter how much experience, the nurse orientees all seem to get something good from simulation.
Lynn LeBlanc, RN, BA, MSN
University of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA 52001