new nurse orientation

  1. Hello everybody! I've been visiting this website for quite some time and finally decided to become a member.

    I have a question about the length of new grad nurse's orientation. I just started as an RN and have only been on the floor 5 times and I have had four patients the last four days. I do have a nurse who is orienting me but I feel so incredibly disorganized because she is very experienced and has her own routine, and it's hard to keep track of what I'm doing and what she's doing. Also, I'm BRAND NEW!!! I just feel so overwhelmed!

    I talked to one of my friends who has been an RN for about a year and at her hospital they have you take one patient for two weeks, then two patients for two weeks, etc. She thinks it's crazy that they just threw me in with four patients right away.

    So, how do they do it at your hospital?
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   EricaCCRN
    where I've worked they throw you in. But don't worry, in a few months you'll feel better. Don't be too hard on yourself before that. Give yourself plenty of time to feel this way. I am a believer that nursing programs don't really prepare you for making the transition from SN to RN. I have seen many GNs struggle with this so stick it out & you'll be fine!!!!
  4. by   incognito
    rachel h, hello I too am a new graduate. I officially started to the floor about 3 weeks ago or so. I am supposed to have had 1 preceptor. Guess what? I am have a total of 5 preceptors and counting. I have had as many as 9 patients (with the preceptor of course). It is crazy. I don't know. All I know is that I feel your pain if you get my drift. Yes, the overwhelming part got me too. Not to be negative, but to top that there are some nurses around my age (late 20's to early 30's) that talk bad about people (including myself) and do not make it easier as a newbie. Makes you wonder. I ignore that stuff to the best of my ability. Let me know how your progress is and I will let you know mine.

    Thanks!
    Hang In There,
    Jen

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