How much orientation time for a new grad? - page 2

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I recently graduated nursing school in Florida and moved to North Carolina and accepted a job on a Telemetry unit. I started orientation at the beginning of February and everything has been going great. The other day the... Read More


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    I was just going to post a similar question! I'm starting as a new grad in private duty peds nursing (not by choice; no peds hospitals are hiring right now) and I don't feel prepared at all. The children we care for are all a high acuity level: vent dependent and have trachs/gtubes/central lines, etc. We had a week of orientation learning company policies/scheduling/HR stuff and 3 classes on trach care, peds assessment, and breath sounds. Next week I'll have 2-3 SHIFTS with a preceptor, then I'm on my own. I'm terrified. Is this normal for home care? I know that I've only got the one patient that I spend all my time with, but I'll be alone with this child for 8-12 hours a day. They say that we're never really alone because someone is always on call to answer phone calls if we have any questions, but that is not at all similar to having another nurse next to you at the hospital. I'm still searching for hospital jobs, but what should I do in the meantime?
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    I am also a little confused about this process when being hired as a New Grad. I applied for the night shift, I know my classes won't be during the night (I think classes last 2 weeks) but is orientation held during the job shift (for me at night)?
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    You will probably have 2 weeks of corporate orientation, computer training, etc., and then when you go to the floor, nights.
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    You might have classes during the day while doing orientation during night shift. You will most likely not work the night before classes, although that has happened before..
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    Quote from Sea_of_Roses
    I am also a little confused about this process when being hired as a New Grad. I applied for the night shift, I know my classes won't be during the night (I think classes last 2 weeks) but is orientation held during the job shift (for me at night)?
    I was hired for night shift and have 8 weeks of training on days and 4 weeks of training on nights, and then I'll be on my own on night shift. I think it's been great for me to get time training on days since the flow is different and I'll have a more complete picture of the 24 hour day for the unit.
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    I had 14 weeks.
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    I am just starting in the ER at a level 1 trauma facility. I am in a 1 year residency program and will be precepted for 6 months.
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    my orientation is 12 weeks in the tele
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    ^^same here
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    My orientation will be 10weeks on a trauma progressive care unit/intermediate care unit.


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