First Day

  1. Well, today was my first day of orientation. Just the basics: benefits, name badges, parking decals, etc. This lasted from 7-1 and then i finally got to visit my unit again (NICU).

    As soon as we arrived to the unit we were met by the unit nursing educator, and each handed a very large (1.5-2 inches) binder full of info. We took an easy med calculation test and went over scheduling. I assumed they would ask us about our schedules. Instead they had already made out our schedules for us. I'm continuing school, so this was a problem. The manager did not seem agitated that she had to redo my schedule, and all the employees were extremely nice.

    Tomorrow will be another long day of corporate info, and wed-fri is testing, iv, phlebotomy, risk managment, etc.


    Overall, i'm excited and think i chose a good hospital and a good unit.

    I'm still a bit intimidated by all the info given to us, and i was relieved to hear them say they do not expect us to know alot of things.

    Just wanted talk about my day. My friends and family have probably heard enough. CR
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   babynursewannab
    How exciting! That's the day most of us (who are still in school) look forward to most. . . the day we finally get there. Deep down we all know it will be a little anti-climactic, but it's still the fulfillment of a dream!

    Congratulations!

    -Alyssa
  4. by   GPatty
    Oh! I think it's absolutely wonderful! And I can't wait for that day to come...
    If ever.....
    Congratulations on your job...I hope you stay as happy as you are today....
  5. by   Nicunurse_RN
    Thanks for replying to my message. Today was another educating but tiring day.

    Good luck on your boards Julielpn and i wish you the best of luck with your nursing career.

    And good luck and best of luck to you babynursewannab. Are you interested in the NICU?
  6. by   pc1004rn
    Congrats on your new job Nicunurse_RN~~!!

    I'll be in the same boat on Monday 8/19. I'm really excited and scared out of my wits to start. I hear the first two weeks of orientation is a classroom setting with exams every other day...ugh. I'm starting on a Med/Surg in-patient diabetic unit. Maybe transfer to pediatric after a year or so. Well good luck in your new career~!
  7. by   Nicunurse_RN
    Good Luck pc1004rn. I hope you have a good experience during your orientation. Good luck with your career!!
    Last edit by Nicunurse_RN on May 2, '04
  8. by   shay
    How was the whole week? Are you going to start shadowing this week? Is it a level 2 or level 3 NICU?

    Hope all is still going well!!!!
  9. by   Nicunurse_RN
    Overall, last week left me drained. After finishing all the corporate info, the last 3 days were dedicated to skills and critical thinking. We were shown video clips and had to identify the MEDICAL diagnoses, our interventions, rationales, and urgency. We did approx. 15 videos and had five minutes to answer all the info for each video and then we moved on to the next. We then had to turn them in. They are going to be used to individualize each new grads needs during orientation. We then had about 10 pics of iv sites show to us, and had to identify the problem, interventions, rationales, etc.

    We then had skill labs set up. There were individual areas set up that we had to go through and do exercises on individually: Iv lab, crash cart scavenger hunt, Enteral feedings, skin managment, blood transfusions, etc.

    We were/are also required to read through study modules and to complete workbooks on each topic which is then turned in to our nursing educator.

    Today (and for the next 5 mondays), we meet from 8-12 to do more of the critical thinking videos and then from 1-4 to discuss our experiences.

    My first day on the unit will be on thursday night (7p-7a). I will then continue with 3 12hr shifts/week and will also have required eduacational meetings and skill checks.

    They are definetly keeping us busy.

    I will post a message after my first shift in the NICU. Wish me luck!
    Last edit by Nicunurse_RN on May 2, '04
  10. by   Nicunurse_RN
    I'm in a level III NICU
  11. by   babynursewannab
    I am super way interested in NICU! So, I'm extra excited for you. How's it going now?
  12. by   lindagio
    I can't wait to start. I have a job in pediatrics waiting for me. I just need to get a date for the NCLEX. The waithing game is driving me crazy. I hope to start in the end of September.
  13. by   Nicunurse_RN
    lindagio,
    IT was definetly a waiting game. First you wait for your ATT, then for your test date, and the worst, your results. Do not stress yourself out. I stressed myself out and was miserable for the first few days after my NCLEX. I had 75 questions and was shocked when the computer shut off. I wish you the best of luck with your boards and with your position in peds. CR

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