New RN, just grad in May. Been in a long and grueling hospital orientation, working my butt off. Word is they're generally 10 weeks long, and I'm in my 9th week. I feel I'm ready to fly on my own. A few small mistakes, but nothing at all major. I'm tough on myself, but overall I'm meeting my own expectations. My weekly evaluations have been really good, being exposed to a wide range of patient diagnoses, been receiving high praise from my preceptors.
So, why when I got my schedule for October it has me on 2 additional weeks of orientation? Not once during these past 9 weeks has ANYONE mentioned needing more weeks of orientation. I feel I'm blindsided without any explanation. I haven't asked for more time. Unless my preceptors have totally been lying to me, where is this coming from? I got an email from the orientation coordinator saying this is your schedule through week 12. I don't know how many of these weeks you'll need, so we'll assess where you are after you finish your 9th week this week. Didn't say I definitely will have more time, but obviously it's crossed their minds. My feedback has very positive. What did I do wrong?[FONT=comic sans ms]
Sep 20, '12
by Altra, BSN, RN
You need to take the long view on this one ...
You have likely been working as a nurse for 27 days (9 weeks x 3) -- assuming that there has been no interruption for class time/competency teaching/other time out of the unit.
If you ask for clarification / additional feedback, I'd suggest you ask in a neutral way, such as "confirming" what has been written on your weekly evaluations or "is there anything additional you can tell me at this point so that I can improve" ... rather than the emotional "why am I being scheduled for more orientation time?"
Good luck to you.
Last edit by Altra on Sep 20, '12
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