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Clinical Orientation

What to expect for clinical onboarding and orientation

Nursing and clinical orientation gives you the tools to successfully serve our patient population with the highest level of care, empathy, quality and safety while keeping in mind our mission, vision, values, organizational structure, evidence-based practice and national patient safety standards. We utilize the synergy between the Donna Wright model of competence and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) as the gold standard for orientation and onboarding.

The entire system-wide onboarding process includes:

  • System orientation on Monday
  • Allied and nursing (combined) clinical orientation on Tuesday
  • Nursing (only) clinical orientation on Wednesday
  • Electronic health record (Epic) training on Thursday and Friday (depending on your specialty area)

The clinical orientation process is didactic in nature with a hands-on approach to validate knowledge, skills and abilities as you join St. Charles.
We look forward to meeting you and please do not hesitate to ask questions.

Finding clinical orientation

Click map for directions.

Orientation schedule

Allied health and nursing orientation occurs every other week. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays: allied health 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesdays: nurses 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: nurses 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  1. Q. Who do I contact if I am sick and can't attend the orientation?
    A: Call or email the HR recruiter you worked with to let them know so you can get rescheduled.
  3. Q. Where is clinical orientation held?
    A: It is in the Clinical Practice and Professional Development Department within the 2600 building on Neff Road. Your badge should open the door. View the map above for further directions.
  5. Q. Do I clock in using Kronos for orientation?
    A: Yes. Clock into education/orientation when orientation begins.
  7. Q. What do I do with the passport after completing clinical orientation?
    A: Your passport from orientation goes to your manager to place in your employee file on the primary unit in which you'll be working.
  9. Q. Will I be taking a medication skills assessment?
    A: Yes. During the nursing orientation there is a medication administration exam that evaluates your knowledge on dosage calculations and appropriate medication dosing per scenario.
  11. Q. Am I allowed to bring my child with me in an emergency?
    A: No. If you are unable to arrange child care, you will need to let HR know so you can be rescheduled for another session.
  13. Q. What should I bring with me to clinical orientation?
    A: You may bring lunch, snacks and coffee if you need it. If you're a nurse and CNA, please wear scrubs.