How long is your orientation?? - page 3

Just curious -- how long what is the average length of orientation for new grads - based on my experience and friends etc its generally 6 - 8 weeks. Does this match up with all of you?... Read More

  1. by   LRMRN
    In the ER as a new grad the internship will end up being about 6months.
  2. by   novanurse77
    on my pediatric med/psych unit its about 8-10 weeks.....which is about 3 days a week. Most is on days and the rest of nights.....I'm almost done!
  3. by   All_Smiles_RN
    Quote from SillyLilly
    Were you ready to be out of orientation?
    No I was not. I've struggled for 3 months on my own now and I can't do it anymore. I have 5 pts and cardiac gtts. They are pushing 6 pts on me. That just feels too unsafe. My NM is non supportive. I have put in my notice and am going to a large teaching hospital with critical care training and better ratios on a similar cardiac floor.
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from jenniferhelene
    No I was not. I've struggled for 3 months on my own now and I can't do it anymore. I have 5 pts and cardiac gtts. They are pushing 6 pts on me. That just feels too unsafe. My NM is non supportive. I have put in my notice and am going to a large teaching hospital with critical care training and better ratios on a similar cardiac floor.
    Good for you!
  5. by   badtz143
    12 weeks for me on a busy med/oncology unit at the VA. I still have 1 month but I feel like I need more.
  6. by   lily_lover
    I'll be on for 6 months, but that's in the OR. It's going okay so far, I've only been yelled at by a grouchy surgeon once!!! Crossing my fingers that it keeps going good.
  7. by   RNKay31
    Right now I am at a nursing home, and I got 3 weeks, but in January In will be going to a hospital, hoping everything work out for the best.
  8. by   lysh7777
    I would love to have 6 months...but I'm on a Med/Surg floor so I get 6 weeks. They said after 6 weeks, if I still feel like I need some supervision I could get maybe up to 2 extra weeks. I think I might like that actually, I still don't feel ready and I'm on my fourth week. Yikes!
  9. by   GGodwinRN
    Quote from jenniferhelene
    No I was not. I've struggled for 3 months on my own now and I can't do it anymore. I have 5 pts and cardiac gtts. They are pushing 6 pts on me. That just feels too unsafe. My NM is non supportive. I have put in my notice and am going to a large teaching hospital with critical care training and better ratios on a similar cardiac floor.

    If you don't mind me asking, what hospital is this at? I think I read one of your previous posts that said you were in Central Florida? I am on a tele floor in Central Florida - Fl Hospital Fish Memorial, but our orientations last 12 weeks with alot of support after that from the rest of the floor nurses and clinical leaders.
  10. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from jenniferhelene
    No I was not. I've struggled for 3 months on my own now and I can't do it anymore. I have 5 pts and cardiac gtts. They are pushing 6 pts on me. That just feels too unsafe. My NM is non supportive. I have put in my notice and am going to a large teaching hospital with critical care training and better ratios on a similar cardiac floor.
    Good choice! From what your situation sounds like- I would have quit too.

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
  11. by   mom2michael
    Tele/Step down/Medical Cardiac. We get 1 month of classroom mixed in with some floor orientation, lots of P&P reading, computer classes to take, etc.....Then we get 8-10 weeks, more if needed only I think that's kind of a loaded gun there.......We are assessed every 4 weeks throughout our entire 1st year (takes 15-20 mins) by the education staff to make sure the facility is meeting our needs as a new nurse as well as us meeting the needs of the facility. We have new grad forums every other month where we get breakfast, a nurse educator and a chance to blow off steam and those are available the first year. Also, once off orientation for the first 6 months you are assigned a resource person on your shift and that is who you ask questions of or get to help you with things you've never done and/or seen. Our education department is also there 24/7, so if something comes up and your resource person is not available, you can call them to come and help you out.
  12. by   AliRae
    My orientation was 20 weeks. During that, all the new hires went to a class once a week for 8 weeks. The class covered a lot of the main topics and disease processes we'd be seeing in the unit. I had worked on the unit as a tech before graduating, so I was familiar with the place and a lot of the other nurses. I've been lucky to be on a unit where, as the youngest by over a year, all the other nurses have taken me under their collective wings. My original preceptor has since transferred to another unit, but I have quite a few other nurses who I'm able to go to as resources. 20 weeks was ideal for me as a new grad.
  13. by   majestix
    8 weeks minimum - but clinical training period can be extended based on readiness to start. I'm in dialysis by the way.

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