i work progressive care, (PCU) as well. first week, was hospital orientation, hr stuff, safety and whatnot. week 2, is eMAR/ computer orientation.
then, i have a full 12weeks with my preceptor. we mirror their schedule.
we have this check off sheet for skils, some with education people, mostly our preceptor signs. every tuesday we had "class" for 2 hrs. it was 1/2 teaching about equipment/core measures, the other half complaining and/or problem solving.
by the end of the 12 weeks, i got my acls, provided by my facility, in order to work independently.
i am on my last week of orientation and hr, education, our unit directors/managers and preceptors were invited to a luncheon for us.
now technically, i am on "orientation" for a total of 6 months. what that means exactly, i couldnt tell you.
i nearly cried at work yesterday because i was starting to get cold feet. there were a couple things i couldn't figure out on my own and needed my preceptors help with. i starting thinking, oh heck, i have no idea what i am doing, im not ready blah blah, i was feeling separation anxiety when i couldnt find my preceptor immediately, whole sha-bang lol
the orientation is good, overall, but i think i would have appreciated more constructive criticism, actually.
the biggest thing i need to remember is to restock the cabinets in my pt rooms with various syringe sizes, various needles, extra flushes, alcohol pads, insulin adapters and most importantly, when i have a specific thing to do, always have *all* of my equipment ready with me. i realize i forget simple things, like the tape (?!?!) but only when i am just about done with a dressing change.
nothing wastes time quite like having to run half way down the hall for a glucometer strip or getting ready to hand over pills and realize there is no cup for them to drink and wash down pills.
it also makes me look ditzy, in my opinion