I started in the ED last week and have 8 weeks of orientation. The first day I was given two rooms that I was 100 percent responsible for. The second day, I was given a full assigment with just the assistance of my preceptor. The third day, I was given a full assignment as well. Each day I had a different preceptor.
This is going against what my orientation schedule is suppose to be. I was given an oreintation scheudule that consist of weekly goals and assisgments. The first week I'm just suppose to observe and sort of learn the ropes. The second week I take 25 percent responsibitity, and the responsiblity percent increases throughout orientation.
I learn best by doing however, this is way too much! I'm always behind on charting and it is hard learning the paperwork and their system while having a full assigment. I've four years experience but not in this speciality. They assume because I'm experienced " I already know" this and that.
My question is: Is this how all ED nurses are oriented? All you just thrown out there and expected to sink or swim? Just curious.