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- Jan 5, '11 by CCL RNYou only had 2 weeks of orientation?
- Jan 29, '11 by WillowNMeHow is it going now?
- Jan 29, '11 by tgary08I have also been hired as a new grad on a caerdiac unit. Thanks everyone for the information. I'll be sure to keep everything that was said in the back of my mind when I start in a few weeks!
- Mar 21, '11 by michellez123I also will be starting on a cardiac/tele floor very soon! All the advice is very helpful! I am very excited about this opportunity
It's interesting that you only had orientation for 2 weeks, I feel that is alittle short, but maybe thats because you caught on so fast! I know I will need more time than that on orientation..
Thanks again for the help!
- Sep 4, '11 by tcvnurseTwo weeks of orientation for a new grad is criminal IMO. My facility has a three month period for new grads and they attend a boatload of classes including the Core Heart Center curriculum.
That said, my advice is this: treat the patient not the monitor. What you think is VTach might be someone brushing his teeth, receiving chest physio from RT, or simply tapping on the V lead. ( psych patient don't ask)
Always ask for help when you need it, even if just bouncing scenarios off another nurse. I call that 'Nursing by Committee'
- Sep 7, '11 by pitayaI just got hired as a cardiac nurse!!!! I start in less than 2 weeks with orientation and classes. So excited...and terrified!