Mentor, orientation, or trial by fire?
- 0Dec 1, '13 by RunawayNHi hello everybody.
I'm just wondering how everybody got their feet wet in nursing. Did you have a really good mentor showing you the ropes? A really good orientation program that prepared you for your first day by yourself? Or were you just thrown in with none of the above?
(Maybe another method?)
- 1Dec 1, '13 by TheLiftedButterflyGood question. I find it interesting because in my case it was trial by fire. Fortunately enough, I only received one patient at a time with their diagnosis, medication, and all info before accepting the patient, so I was able to carry out all the proper research, but I did have to prepare all on my own and proceed on my own as well. I always had someone in reach by phone, but the thought was still daunting. Made me tough in my shoes though!Last edit by TheLiftedButterfly on Dec 1, '13 : Reason: Wording
- 0Dec 1, '13 by zeus&lincolnWere you all new grads? That seems crazy to stick a brand spankin' new nurse with no prior health care experience and expect them to perform as a functioning RN no matter the specialty... Seems very unsafe to me. I am a GN in NICU and have a 16 week thorough orientation headed by a wonderful preceptor.
- 0Dec 1, '13 by RunawayNQuote from zeus&lincolnThat's what I'm wondering. I always thought that orientation would always be a couple of weeks.Were you all new grads? That seems crazy to stick a brand spankin' new nurse with no prior health care experience and expect them to perform as a functioning RN no matter the specialty... Seems very unsafe to me. I am a GN in NICU and have a 16 week thorough orientation headed by a wonderful preceptor.
- 0Dec 2, '13 by SquishyRN, ADN, RNTrial by fire. 3 days orientation total as a new grad LVN in a SNF with 45 patients -- 1 day paperwork and 2 days on the floor. As a new grad RN I got 4 weeks orientation in the LTACH I've been working as an LVN for the past year and the transition has been cake. It actually feels weird getting a decent orientation at this point since I've been accustomed to just being thrown into the fire for my entire short career.
- 0Dec 2, '13 by cassie77775Mine was a little different as I started my first job in a resident program with 16 weeks of orientation with a preceptor. Started by shadowing a few days and then performing with the nurse watching me and guiding, then I took on one patient for a week, then 2 for a few weeks, then 3 a few weeks and then 4 for the last few weeks. It was an amazing opportunity and really allowed me the perfect amount of freedom with a little bit of babysitting. Really helped me feel comfortable with providing competent care.