The first step to improving new staff orientation and training is to make it more consistent using an employee orientation checklist. Reliable tools can make the difference between a poorly trained worker and one who has been thoroughly oriented to the new job, says Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC. Geier offers these sample checklist items from a three-page employee orientation checklist by the Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America:

• Tour of center and area of responsibility;

• Chemical hazard analysis form;

• Employee handbook review and acknowledgement form;

• Organizational chart;

• Mission, goals, objectives, principles, and signed acknowledgement;

• Exposure control plan;

• Infection control — policies and test;

• Risk management and adverse incident reporting policy;

• Advance directives/patient rights;

• Latex allergy;

• Fire/life safety;

• Utilities and equipment;

• Hazardous materials and waste;

• Security and safety;

• Sterilization/care and handling of instruments;

• Material data safety sheets.