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To respond to the need to create a pathway from the transition-to-practice model for novice registered nurses, I developed the Perioperative Orientation, Education, and Mentoring (POEM) program to address attrition and turnover through mentoring and professional development. The POEM program was an educational and qualitative improvement project, implemented at a large academic medical center. A surgical skill assessment tool was developed to evaluate the POEM program. Content data analysis revealed themes and subthemes from each of the two focus groups as well as recommendations from the project leaders.
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