I'm a new graduate myself. And boy oh boy. Let me tell you. My orientation was a total of 9 weeks which included 2 weeks of in class lecture. So technically I only had 7 weeks. Just stay calm and relax because the last thing the staff needs is another person to take care of. I had a lot of trouble and I still have a lot of trouble. I've learned that I'm good with stable patients, but when a patient goes from stable to unstable, than my entire world is at an end. I have trouble signing orders, charting assessments etc when something like that happens and the best thing to do when that happens is to go through one patient chart at a time and do everything. I still have trouble with it. I had to create my own report sheet to help me organize. I mean as a new graduate, you want to mimick your preceptor right? you may not be able to, because you don't have the experience that he or she has. And the whole "putting the picture" together? Yea that's gonna take some time. My orientation got extended to an additional 3 weeks and I am very very thankful. I know how you feel because I still feel the same way and I think I will always feel that way. The staff says it takes about 1-2 years to feel comfortable. ha ha and they only give you so many weeks. crazy isn't it? My advice is patient safety and follow up on assessment. For example if you have a bp of 160/90, and you gave something to bring it down, you gotta recheck. My first couple of weeks of orientation, I was pretty much programmed into: handing out meds, morning assessments, signing orders. It's like that's all I could think of? and I still think that way. You would think that being task oriented is a good thing, but when I ask the preceptor what they would like me to work on for the next shift, they always mention task oriented like it was a bad thing. The next thing they're gonna tell you is to focus on patient's needs. In these remaining 2 weeks of my extension, my goal is to practice patient safety and follow up on assessments. All the other stuff will take time. Skills will take time as well also. I mean, I've only been able to start 1 successful IV. Tried many times, but couldn't do it. And also, a lot of the nurses I worked with, always said to be confident in what you do because if your not confident, than the patient question your care. and that's the last thing you need is for your patient requesting to speak to another nurse. Be careful with the "needy" patients too. I'm learning that how you choose your words is very, very careful.