How satisfied are you with your job?
When we asked our employees that question, an overwhelming majority of them - 87% in our most recent survey - responded favorably. And we ask that question frequently because we know that employee satisfaction is key to delivering the best possible health care experience. By recruiting best-in-class employees and treating them well, we've earned both local and national recognition for being an exemplary place to work.
It all starts with an in-depth orientation process, designed to make you as comfortable as possible with Unity’s processes and systems.
Clinical Nurse Education
Unity is committed to lifelong learning, and offers workshops and information sessions you will have the opportunity to attend, even during your orientation period.
Professional Career Advancement Program
At Unity, we work hard to help nurses explore exciting new opportunities, develop their skills, and advance their careers.
We offer a number of programs to encourage Unity nurses to continue their education and work toward advanced degrees.
We work hard to help you feel right at home
To help get your Unity nursing career off to a great start, we provide a thoughtful, caring, and comprehensive orientation which includes:
- One full week of classroom learning & hands-on simulation exercises
- Personalized on-the-job mentoring with expert preceptors
- A wealth of continuing learning opportunities, including our clinical nurse education workshops
Our goal is simple.
We want to make sure that you’re confident in your skills, and comfortable with our friendly, team-oriented, patient-focused culture—before you begin your first regular shift.
An engaging week of classroom education and discussion
Our orientation program for nurses begins with an entire week of classroom education and open, interactive discussions that will build your confidence and proficiency.
This in-depth approach to orientation will help you:
- Understand our unique philosophy & culture
- Learn from Unity experts about our clinical & operational procedures
- Find out how to coordinate patient care from admission to discharge
- Get hands-on experience with our efficient approach to documentation
- Learn how to use our u.Net computer system
- Sharpen your clinical skills with hands-on simulations using state-of-the-art mannequins
- Get up to speed on the roles of the other members on your patient care team
- Discuss the essential requirements for a healthy work environment—an environment designed to benefit everyone, including you
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your new Nurse Manager and Nursing team, and ask all of the questions that are on your mind as you begin working here.
It’s a busy week. But it will help you understand the steps we take at Unity to uphold our high standards for patient care, safety, and employee satisfaction.
A clinical rotation with expert preceptors
We know that it takes time to feel completely “at home” when you start a new job. That’s why we continue to provide mentoring, education, and support throughout your first few months at Unity.
After you complete your orientation week, you’ll begin a clinical rotation of up to eight weeks with experienced preceptors who will provide the professional one-to-one guidance and moral support you need.
Your preceptors will help you make a smooth adjustment to your new responsibilities, your unit and Unity’s unique, nurse-friendly culture.
Additional classroom training helps you earn contact hours
Workshops covering a variety of topics are available on an ongoing basis. These 14 three-hour classes will help you:
- Review key biological systems
- Sharpen your critical thinking and documentation skills
- Reinforce your understanding of the essentials for patient and employee safety
- Address other important nursing topics
You’ll earn valuable contact hours, since classes are approved by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).
Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to continue your education and development at Unity. After all, lifelong learning is a top priority for all of us.
See the complete list of our current workshop classes.
Our in-depth orientation sets us apart
We believe it’s vitally important to help you feel confident and comfortable enough so you can do your very best for our patients.
And judging by the feedback we receive from new members of our team, this patient, in-depth approach is another reason why Unity Health System is a better place to be a nurse.
Clinical Nurse Education
Earn valuable contact hours during your on-going orientation
In the fast-changing world of health care, it’s important for everyone on our Nursing team to make a commitment to continued learning and development.
That’s why our on-going orientation program includes a series of 14 three-hour educational workshops for new Unity nurses.
It’s all part of our effort to help you grow…learn new skills…and advance your career.
Learn more about the ways we support your continuing education
Earn contact hours during your on-going orientation
During your clinical rotation, you’ll spend time in a classroom setting where you’ll earn contact hours for learning about a variety of important topics.
Topics change year to year. Below is the complete list for 2008:
- Gastrointestinal System Review
- Respiratory System Review
- Cardiovascular System Review
- Neurology System Review
- Integumentary System Review
- Endocrine System Review
- Renal System Review
- Multisystem Failure and Sepsis
- Code Response/MERT/Stroke Team
- Patient Safety/Culture Standards
- Healthy Work Environment Standards
- Pharmacology Review
- Care Coordination/Communication
- Documentation Standards/Critical Thinking Skills
These workshops are also open to other members of the Unity team.
Participate in our lively In-Services Sessions
You can continue to develop your skills and expertise by participating in our monthly In-Services sessions.
These informative sessions are led by experienced nurses and physicians who are experts in their fields. Recent topics covered:
- Best Practices in Stroke Care
- Ostomy Management
- Heart Failure Management
- Top Medical Diagnosis and Protocols
- Information Resources for Nursing
- And more