I just got back from a job interview
at a small hospital and as long as my references check out good, I'm hired. Here's my question: I'm a new grad and I'm wondering if 3 weeks of orientation is enough??? I've heard only good things about this hospital. A friend of mine started working there immediately after she graduated and passed boards and 3 years later she still thinks the place is fantastic. The nurse manager said the group I would be working with on midnights is great, very helpful and friendly. She also said that I should never be afraid to ask for help once I'm off orientation because everyone works well together and are usually more than willing to help each other out. She also said that after 3 weeks of orientation, if I'm not comfortable yet then I should go see her and they can give me extra orientation time. I'm thinking "Yeah, right. She's probably saying that just so I'll work there." I called my friend and she confirmed what the nurse manager said. Apparently you have up to 7 patients max on the midnight shift, usually 5 during an "average" census. I would be working 12 hour shifts (7p-7a) and 1 weekend per month. I think I would really enjoy working there. Any advice/input on this is greatly appreciated! Thanks!