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Hey!! I will be graduating in December, and I am TERRIFIED!!! I have signed on to THE busiest Level 1 Trauma Center here in Dallas.. The ER has about 145,000 visits per year... Our orientation is 16 weeks... The first three weeks are strictly classroom time to get everyone on the same page apparently... I'm scared!! Thankfully two other classmates have signed on to this hospital as well.. I am TERRIFIED but I am pretty sure they will prepare me enough to function on my own... Any suggestions that would help as well?? Thanks.
Honestly, I think it is a good thing you're terrified. Th epeople who walk into the ED feeling like they're king/queen of the ED nursing world are the people who terrify ME! A few things to remember....first, obviously someone thinks you're a good candidate to work in the ED, or they wouldn't have hired you. Second, you will eat, sleep, breathe, and work emergency nursing for the whole fellowship/orientation time. It is important that you take this opportunity to do your best - study at night, keep lists of questions you have, etc. I developed a pretty good system during my fellowship where I kept a little notebook, and took notes about disease processes/conditions/patients I took care of each day. Little things like "sickle cell patients - O2, fluids, pain meds, ESR" etc. That worked for me because I learn that way though.
Best advice? Make a friend or two in the fellowship and study together, but also destress by going out for dinner/drinks together. I found it really helps to have a good friend either in your dept or in the same field - someone who can relate to what you're going through. It is so important that even though you're spending so much time learning during your orientation that you also take time to take care of yourself - massages, time with family, etc.
Even when you get out of your orientation, give it time. And if you feel like a fish out of water still when you're SUPPOSED to be on your own, speak up and ask to have a few more weeks. Chances are they'll extend it.