I graduated last May with my BSN. After months & months of applying to hospitals & getting nowhere, I decided to start applying to LTC/rehab facilities & finally I was hired this month. I have to say it's bittersweet. I'm thankful to have a job but I'm saddened to not be starting my career in a graduate nurse program getting a formal thorough orientation & acute care experience! LTC for a new grad is horrifying; orientation is brief & informal. I was given FIVE measly days then put on the floor on my own! I'm constantly feeling overwhelmed & incompetent to be a nurse responsible for 30pts. LTC is not for me!
Today I still continue to search for hospital jobs since thats where I want to be. I know if I were to get hired soon, I'd still be considered a new nurse & would qualify for a graduate nurse program. But if not, I worry how well I will transition into acute care without being given the thorough orientation of a new grad. Or even worse---> will I have a hard time getting hired because I don't have hospital experience?!
( My morale has been so low post-grad, I thought finishing nursing school was winning the battle...what a rude awakening!
Anyone have any personal stories of their transition from LTC/nonacute care nursing to the hospital? Was it not so bad? How long & thorough was your orientation? Did you feel it was suffice? Did you have a hard time getting a position because you had no hospital experience? I know all facilities are different but any and all input would be helpful!
Thank you all!!
A worried & disheartened newbie
thank you all for your help!! please keep the advice coming!
Last edit by tua42321 on Mar 19, '13