I just wanted to ask what type of orientation you received to your organization and how you feel it served you and prepared you to work there, or as a new nurse in general.
I received 6 months of preceptor ship + 3 weeks of in processing (tours, IDs, shadowing on different units etc). After the 6 months we got a review and were blessed to go about our days. During this time there were several projects that had to be completed; skill check offs, EBP projects, seminars, case studies, etc. It was a great program and I learned ALOT. I get really nervous when I hear about nurses who got 2 weeks out of school with a preceptor and were told to figure it out.
Jan 20, '13
by Inori, ASN, BSN
it really does depend on your company, how short staffed they are. Ideally orientation you'd be doing as you are .. classes, progressing slowly to working on the unit, and slow release from your preceptor. My place was short staffed so my preceptor needed to do her work on top of training me so she had no choice but to drag me with her and i was to learn on the go. My orientation to the unit was to start working there in piecemeal, do PCA work, following my preceptor first as observer, then working under her watch, and slowly picking up more of the work until I'm almost fully independent, now i function on my own for the most part though i have access to senior nurses to consult on things as needed. My orientation was 4.5 months with rotation to different areas i'm expected to cover, so i'm very happy they allowed me time to learn and be comfortable rather than pushing me out after 2 weeks as heard from some of the allnurses posts. New grads need the long orientation time part of it is spent switching from student mode to nurse, building confidence, on top of learning what is required of you at the unit.
Last edit by Inori on Jan 20, '13