New RN Job Probation Period:

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    Hi, I am a new RN and I am starting my first RN job very soon. People keep telling me that in every hospital there is a probation period, meaning if they don't like your work after X amount of days, they let you go..... Is this something I should be worried about? I am already anxious and nervous about my first day as a brand new RN, and I haven't done nursing skills in months and months. Does anyone know people who have been hacked by not being sharp or quick enough at the job?? I mean, what are the standards exactly? I hope they don't expect new RNs to just know as much as experienced nurses.....Any advise is helpful and very much needed! Thanks.
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    Usually the first 90 days are probationary for both you and the employer. This gives both of you a chance to see if you are a good fit for them and them for you! So don't be nervous about this. I think this is standard for most jobs. Congratulations on your new job !!!!
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    Ok, Thanks. I hope and pray it all works out. It would absolutely be terrible to be sacked after only 90 days on the first job!
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    My probationary period at the job I have now (first inpatient job) was 4 months. One month for orientation and 3 months of "on your own"
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    Oh ok. My orientation is 10 weeks about. And the director said if I need more time getting comfortable on my own, I can still work with a preceptor for a few more weeks.
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    The probationary period is standard. Mine goes for 60 days beyond the end of my 4 month orientation. However, consider that they are spending the time and money to train you for this position, so it is likely that they will be willing to work with you if they see any problems in your work. The fact that they said that you can stay on orientation longer if necessary is probably a good sign that they are really working to work with you to help you succeed.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. Most jobs in any field have a probationary period. Just focus on learning everything you can and working hard to do your best. Don't be shy about asking questions, and ask your preceptors for honest feedback on how they think you're doing and how you can improve.
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    Thank you so much for your support! I start orientation tomorrow. Orientetion week is intro to working in the hospital: general employee benefits, safety, etc. and computer classes as well. Although I'm not on the actual floor just yet, I am incredibly nervous because I haven't done nursing skills in months. I hope and pray they are patient with me. I'll try doing the best I can, as well as watch nursing skills videos....
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    I am a new grad too and recently started my first job. Where I work there is a 6 month probationary period for all new grads. It makes me nervous too, in fact I haven't quit my other job yet because of that. I would say to you that focus on being safe, ask questions and if you are having problems ask for help as soon as possible. All the nurses I work with tell me they are more afraid of the new nurse who knows everything rather than the one who asks questions. Good Luck.


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