J Nurses Prof Dev 2021 Jun 11. Epub 2021 Jun 11.
Christina Kelley, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, NE-BC, NPD-BC, CNE, CCRN-K, is Director of Education, Research, and Professional Practice, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, California. Verna Sitzer, PhD, RN, CNS, is Director of Professional Practice, Research, and Innovation, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California. Kathleen Neumann MSN, RN, NPD-BC, is Senior Specialist, Sharp Coronado Hospital, California. Julie Williams, MSN, RN, CNS, MICN, CEN, is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, San Diego, California. Laurie Ecoff, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, is Vice President, Sharp HealthCare Terrence and Barbara Caster Institute for Nursing Excellence, San Diego, California.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a multihospital healthcare system expanded its nursing resources to accommodate the anticipated and actual surge of patients infected with COVID-19. Nursing professional development practitioners rapidly implemented and evaluated a novel, structured orientation and training program to provide additional surge staffing. Transitioning to a team-based model using the new role of nurse extender ensured the continued deployment of safe, person-centered care. Read More