Brownie[/B][/QUOTE]Sorry,I should have clarified "float team".Our float team has an extensive orientation with a senior mentor for a month or more if needed.An orientation of a week per floor is offered as well.After 2 years of floor experience a month long critical care course is offered.With a one month senior mentor orientation again.As well our floats are able to give floor prefences.I definitely advocate picking what you liked best in nursing school
first and trying it out but the poster seemed "lost".I was just offering other options.I agree that if the above mentioned orientation isn't part of the deal not to do it.A place to call "home" is very important when just starting out.Thanks for the reminder.
Thanks for the clarification Lynn! Sorry if my response was a little sharp. The plan you described was much better than what the way I have seen it done. Sounds like a very good way to see what you like that way, and not get lost in the mix. Like another poster stated. In some hospitals it is easy for others to forget you're a newbie, and not to available to help, when things start getting hectic. I'm glad the original poster has found a good home. Best wishes to you, and remember to constantly pick the brains of those around you. Every experienced caregiver, will be able to give you something useful, no matter who they are.