Nursing Orientations same as Freshman Orientations?

  1. i was just wondering, in a few other threads i hear several talking about thier 3 day orientations. are these just for the new students like i would have had a year ago or do most nursing programs have a separate orientation? what does it usually consist of and do you think i will hear of one for my adn program soon, classes start aug 04. thanks!:uhoh21:
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  3. by   zumalong
    When you are interviewing for your position--make sure that this is one question that you ask your employer. A good orientation for a new grad should be much longer than 3 days. It should include some time with a preceptor. Do not be afraid to ask for more time if you need it. As a nurse preceptor, I would spend time with the new nurse every week (or sometimes few days) to make sure we are on the same page. Good luck.
  4. by   RN2BinPA
    Quote from zumalong
    when you are interviewing for your position--make sure that this is one question that you ask your employer. a good orientation for a new grad should be much longer than 3 days. it should include some time with a preceptor. do not be afraid to ask for more time if you need it. as a nurse preceptor, i would spend time with the new nurse every week (or sometimes few days) to make sure we are on the same page. good luck.
    the only problem with that is that i do not have any interviews. i went to talk to my advisor before summer, i was a "late acceptor" and im pretty much on my own so to say. i do not have the slightest clue about how the "procedure works". there was not any information in my packet, that is why i was curious if this was a normal occurance, or if the orientations were mainly for freshman or lvn/lpn progrmas.
  5. by   lisamc1RN
    It is my understanding that these 3 day orientations are given by the nursing school. From what I've read, some of the orientations have had guided tours of the nursing dept., measurements for uniforms, etc. My LPN orientation was only 2 hours, and nothing like that, so I'm only going by what I've read on allnurses. HTH
  6. by   manna
    I can't imagine a 3-day orientation, but ours will last one day (in addition to a "welcome tea" we attended last month). I'd think they include classroom/lab/clinical tours, introduction to the resources available you in that department or library, meet-and-greet type stuff for your classmates/instructors, information about immunizations, physicals, insurance requirements, textbooks, supplies (steth, etc), uniforms, etc, passing out syllabi and assigning any pre-school studies and so on and so forth. Definately not quite as simplified as general college orientation.

    Your school may not have an orientation persay, but probably covers all this stuff in an info packet or in the first couple of days of class?
  7. by   lunakat
    Gee I wish I had a longer orientation. A tour of the lab and stuff would have been nice. I got accepted to a program at a college I have never attended. The nursing program orientation lasted 2 hours in an auditorium where we signed papers and discussed the schedule. They gave us a packet and told us to read it on our own; it had a list of books, syllabus and uniform requirements. But ya the ADN orientation was entirely separate. Ours was on May 20th for our familes and us. The semester doesn't start until Aug 16.I still have no idea where the nursing office is on campus. So come the first day of class I will be the one wondering around asking for directions looking at a map of the campus I downloaded from the college website...
  8. by   IamRN
    Quote from zumalong
    When you are interviewing for your position--make sure that this is one question that you ask your employer. A good orientation for a new grad should be much longer than 3 days. It should include some time with a preceptor. Do not be afraid to ask for more time if you need it. As a nurse preceptor, I would spend time with the new nurse every week (or sometimes few days) to make sure we are on the same page. Good luck.
    I understood the OP as referring to an orientation pertaining to beginning the nursing program; the orientation would be for the nursing school
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    We had an orientation in May that was an hour and a half and in August, four days before classes start, we have a full day orientation. I would call your school and get all of your questions answered. They are usually very open to sharing all the information you are looking for.
  10. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    To answer your question, no, nursing school orientation is not the same as your school's orientation.

    Just because you are a "late accepter" doesn't mean you shouldn't have a tour, etc.

    Call the director of the school and ask for an appointment. Tell her/him that you are interested in seeing the classroom, the skills lab, and that you have some questions (and then come up with some!).

    You do not want to be "behind the power curve" just because you came too late for the orientation. (It might have been nice if they had included the "stand bys" in the nursing school orientation with the understanding that it didn't mean they were accepted, it meant if they were, eventually, they would already have their info.) (But they didn't ask me...... )
    Good luck, stay in touch and CONGRATULATIONS!!! :hatparty:
  11. by   Marz
    At my school the Nursing Program was seperate from the school orientation...and it was 3 days long! I didn't think they could possibly have enough stuff to talk about in 3 days...but oh yes...they did! On the last day though they started lecturing so that took up half a day...
    Good Luck!
  12. by   RN2BinPA
    Quote from marz
    at my school the nursing program was seperate from the school orientation...and it was 3 days long! i didn't think they could possibly have enough stuff to talk about in 3 days...but oh yes...they did! on the last day though they started lecturing so that took up half a day...
    good luck!
    well i called my nursing department today!! we do not have an orientation!!!! ugh, i hate the "unknowns" i have so many questions and i feel like i am bugging the nursing staff secretary to death. i certainly hope she understands, but i really want to make sure i have as many avenues covered as i can. :uhoh21: thanks everyone, if any of you have any pointers....im open!!!! *sigh*

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