I am a new nurse. The facility where I work requires that we complete ECCO, while interning in the ICU. We have a six month orientation period, the ecco is four hours a week. Personally, I think it's a great program. It provides the new nurse with basic knowledge. The program is broken down into systems, each system has a in depth review of a&p, disorders, clinical management, diagnostic procedures, assessment techniques, etc. It's interactive and self-paced. It's a great refresher from nursing school
. Also, after completion of a module you're tested on the info, you have to score above 90% or something like that. Helpful but v e r y l o n g..... In regards to your question...as a new nurse in an icu setting...there should in no way be policies/measures to shorten the new nurses' orientation. This would be horrible, deplorable. If anything ECCO should be used as an adjunct to clinical experience...we need to be able to put theory into practice.