I graduated in May 2011 and received a verbal offer for a new grad position on a telemetry unit in July. Paperwork took forever and I just received the official offer and I am getting set to go in mid November. I am very excited about getting my first job since it is so hard out there for new grads!!
My orientation on the unit will be for 8 weeks. In the beginning, I'll spend 1 day with the unit secretary to get familiar with entering orders and computer work, I will spend 2 days in the monitor room looking over the strips and watching the monitors, I will be taking a 3 day EKG class and eventually an ACLS class. My orientation on the unit will be working 8 hour shifts / 5 days a week. For the first 4 weeks I will be working 7am -3pm and will have two preceptors to cover my 5 days a week. My preceptors will take the same patients as my previous preceptor so that I will get to have the same patients. The following 4 weeks I will precept from 3pm -11pm with 2 preceptors. At the end of the 8 weeks, I will start out on the night shift and my manager will make sure one of the preceptors that I worked with on 3-11 shift is also working.
Is this how any other new grad programs are run? I am curious if this is common and what people think the benefits are or any concerns I will have.... My manager believes that this will give me the most exposure to everything and will be a solid training. She has a very good reputation for training new grads and seems very open and approachable so I trust her but a little curious what others think about this type of new grad training. I know the 8 hour shift compared to the long haul 12 hours overnight will be an adjustment but I think I'll like the 3 days / week compared to 5 in a row!!
Any advice for starting out on a telemetry unit? Drugs or procedures to look up?
Thanks a bunch : )