The goal of nursing orientation is to ensure that orientees receive consistent information regarding policies, procedures, standards and documentation to support practice and familiarize them with the UC Davis Health vision, mission, values, goals and organizational structure. In addition, each orientee is shown how to independently access online policies, procedures and competencies.

In keeping with the UC Davis Health vision, mission, values and goals, the objectives of nursing orientation are geared toward creatively using existing resources to meet the new demands of a constantly changing health-care environment. Nursing orientation provides advanced technological presentations including a learning management system for computerized assignments. An overview of the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing’s website familiarizes the orientees with nursing education, patient and employee education, health education and resources.

Chief Patient Care Services Officer, Toby Marsh, R.N., M.S.A., M.S.N., F.A.C.H.E., N.E.A.-BC, welcomes all orientees to UC Davis Health. In addition, staff from Risk Management, Nursing ResearchPharmacy and Patient Services provide information regarding their areas of practice.


Nursing orientation will begin on Monday. Please refer to the schedules below for dates and times, which are subject to change


12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Leadership Welcome, Professional Practice Model & Nursing Goals, and Professional Governance
  • Setting up for Success

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Who we are
  • Academic & Staff Assistance Program
  • Relationship-Based Culture Introduction
  • Working with Others

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Skills Competency Self-Assessment
  • Resources for Patient Care
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • CPPN Website
  • Medication Error Prevention & Safety
  • Quality and Safety
  • Infection Prevention
  • Pressure Injury Prevention

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Partners in Patient Care
  • Population-Specific Care and Patient Programs
  • Risk Management & Incident Reporting
  • UC Davis Health Policies
  • Responding to the unexpected

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • UC Learning


  • EMR/Epic Intro review
  • EMR/Epic Getting started
  • EMR/Epic Rover, Haiku, & Specimen collection
  • EMR/Epic Medication Administration
  • EMR/Epic Alaris Integration
  • EMR/Epic Infusion protocols & titration
  • EMR/Epic PCA
  • EMR/Epic Blood Transfusion
  • Vascular Access
  • Foley
  • Selected POC & PAPR training
  • Restraints
  • Emergency considerations

Required exams and CPR

All required exams and CPR must be completed before working on the unit. Every employee is held accountable for all policies and procedures. Selected policies and procedures will be emphasized.  It is each individual's responsibility to read in depth the information needed to safely practice in their care area(s).

Security clearance

Security clearance must be completed before working on the unit.

Persons with disabilities

Individuals needing special accommodations may call the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing at (916) 734-9790.