I am a new grad with no previous medical experience. I am starting my first RN job tomorrow morning at a Rehab/LTC and I am so nervous. I was told I will have orientation watching videos tomorrow then will spend 3-5 days with another nurse and then I will be on my own!
I don't know anything about the facility other than what I read online. My "interview" was me filling out my background check sheets and employment verification forms. I was not told how many patients per hall/nurse, the types of patients, or anything at ALL except for my pay and hours. "Everything else will be covered in orientation." They never asked me a single question, not even "tell me a little about yourself"!
I accepted the position because I need a job. My husband keeps telling me it isn't going to be as bad as I expect, but reading all the horror stories on here about new grads with the same experience is freaking me out. I don't want to put my patients or my license in jeopardy.
I'm going to try it out, make it through orientation and see how I feel on my own. I will not hesitate on quitting immediately if I feel like I am in a bad situation, or putting my patients in a bad situation...
Your interview is similar to the way nurses were hired in the past, I wouldn't automatically assume that it indicates that the workplace is unsafe. If you want to know more about the working conditions, ask questions about them. Don't assume based on minimal information that your biased feelings are correct. Anticipating a negative/positive experience is the best way to ensure it will happen.
Try not to assume that you will lose your licence, this paranoia is being instilled into new grads and it is couterproductive to learning how to grow from a novice to an expert nurse. Try thinking about the new job as a choice and that you are taking a chance that it will be a good experience, if not, the worst thing that will happen, is you won't like the job and you will quit.
Last edit by dishes on Jul 14, '13
3-5 days' shadowing doesn't seem like nearly enough. Would you be willing to shadow on your own time? Perhaps go in a couple of hours early to shadow the nurse whom you'll be relieving or go in on a day off and shadow for half a shift?? Any opportunity to learn more, even if it is unpaid, will make you more confident and help you conquer these fears. It's great that you will partner with LPNs and CNAs as well, but they aren't trained to do everything you're trained for.
Last edit by 1feistymama on Jul 15, '13