New Grad RN Orientation - page 2

I've only had experience working at a LTC facility, but I did have 3 semesters of clinicals at the hospital that I am currently employed at. It's been exciting and frightening, all at the same time. ... Read More

  1. by   MEINstudent
    How long is your orientation?

    There is something to be said for having a good fit with your preceptor. And it's not inappropriate to ask for a new one. But before you do that, you should talk to your preceptor about your struggles.

    I did a three month new grad orientation program, and I was charting on my second day. My preceptor and I were a great fit and I learned so much without feeling like she was breathing down my neck all the time. But... my preceptor was instrumental in getting two other new grads dismissed before they got off orientation. You really do want to make a good impression with your preceptor.
  2. by   kvfrancisco
    yeah true, Iv'e been on orientation for the past five weeks and ive been freaking out about getting off orientation in a month. The problem is i'm also in the float pool new grad program. So after the end of my orientation, i'm moving a to a new unit again I have been asking a lot of questions, although sometimes my preceptor gets frustrated sometimes, i dont really care. I make sure I ask a lot of questions
  3. by   gigi918
    Having a preceptor that doesn't tell you things is just as bad as having one (or a few) that tell you too much! In my experience orienting, it seems as though it is a competition between them who can convince you that they know best! It is a hard transition and hard to know what to filter as helpful, accurate information and what is just their own self satisfying advice. You will get your own rhythm and confidence---be patient!
  4. by   gonzo1
    It's not true that all nurses hate to precept and hate to have students. Where I work, orientation, education and precepting is taken very seriously. All new grads get a 6th month orientation in our ICU. I for one love to precept and help train the nurses of the future. There are only a very few nurses in our unit that refuse to precept, and all things considered it's a good thing they opt out cause they are "icky" people to be around anyway.
  5. by   JessMun
    I completely agree with kayem. How can you learn if no one shows you? I am an experienced nurse and have had great orientations and horrible ones. Every hospital is different and it takes time to learn the ropes. Not only is every hospital different, but every doctor is too. Some want things done with their patients a certain way and there is simply no way to know that unless an experienced nurse is there to explain it. When did what is in the best interest of patient go by the wayside?
  6. by   banarna
    you will want to train where they will show you the right way to do things since it will mold you for the rest of your career. on the other side of that, you want to accept any job you can these days. unless they are putting your license at risk or you are absolutely miserable that it affects the care you provide.