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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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well be you!). Even if they are training with multiple people in differ- ent areas, having one person to turn to will make them feel more secure as they learn the facility and the culture. Don't miss your chance Remember, you only have one chance to make a good impression on new hires and ensure their transition to the team is as smooth as pos- sible. The more effective your onboarding process, the better the chances your new staff member becomes the asset to your facility you hoped she would be. OSM Ms. Mattson (leslie@almss.com) is a nurse consultant with ALM Surgical Solutions in Atlanta, Ga., which offers surgical consulting, development and operations support. Check out her blog, A Scrubs Life, at ascrubslife.com. J U N E 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7 Add an Element of Fun to New Hire Emergency Tours As you tour your new hire through the facility, include orientation to all the emergency response information and equipment. Don't forget how to respond to alarms — generator, gas, vacuum pump and nurse call, for example — as part of the tour. To make the tour more memorable, add an element of fun. I created an emergency scavenger hunt to do just that. The Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt challenges new hires to find the location and number of the following items: fire extinguishers, fire strobes, fire pulls, gas shut offs, exit signs, fire alarm boxes, sprinkler head replacements and wrench, generator emergency shut-off switch, daily schedule location, patient evacuation devices (wheelchair and carry board), fire schematic positing, gas storage room, facility "no smoking" sign and fire plan policies. Download our Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt form at outpatientsurgery.net/forms and customize it for use in your own facility. — Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM, LNC FIRE SAFETY SCAVENGER HUNT

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