Hi Ashley 3H12. Congrats to you! I, too, was recently hired as a new grad and will begin Orientation on November 5th. I was given a lengthy Welcome Packet that details exactly what will be expected of me during the entire orientation process.
We will have a Clinical Simulation with Sim men where we'll be evaluated on our assessment skills and medication administration & safety. We'll have a weeklong class room training with Nurse Educators where we'll receive training on many different topics (i.e. IV, phlebotomy, central lines, blood products, respiratory class, neuro class, cardiac class, EKG, etc.) A lot of preparation and modules to be completed prior to the start of Orientation too. We will be evaluated on our competency, performance, teamwork, initiative, etc.
It seems pretty intense, especially after being out of nursing school for months. But I'm excited and just sooo grateful to have a J-O-B!
My plan is to obviously Think Like a Nurse (after all, that's what they hired us to do and BE), Soak up new info like a Sponge, and Enjoy the Orientation process. Good luck to you!