Orientation today!

  1. I am not sure if I am excited, nervous, or frightened!!! They went over our uniforms, grading policy and attendance policy. I found out that I won't be able to wear my engagement ring or wedding band All of the instructors and advisors left the room while 2 recent grads came in & continued to scare us. They discussed how tough the program will be, the long hours that will be excpected & the dirty house we will have! They also told us that only 6 people graduated from the RN program this year. That was out of 16 students. Well, I'm a little nervous, but I will just have to do my best.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   babynursewannab
    Relax. Part of what they did was to begin weeding those who don't want this bad enough or who aren't serious about it.

    Most programs (ie. med school) do the exact same thing. Part of it is based on reality, but they slam all of it on you at once. You don't experience all those obstacles dropped on your lap at once. It's gradual and each time something comes up, you adapt.

    It's cool. Just breathe deep and remember your goal!

    Alyssa
  4. by   I1tobern
    Snlisa,

    I agree with babynursewannab. Just keep your eyes on the goal; as you go along, you adapt. Buy yourself a good calendar that you can write everything down on. Also, remember to breathe. We're here if you need us.
    Judy
  5. by   StudentSandra
    SnLisa, great advice so far, relax, breath, we all felt the same way. You can do it & soon you will be a
  6. by   GPatty
    Awww..... heck, you're gonna do fine. I was scared too, at first. And yes, it is hard, but what in life that's worth anything isn't?
    You'll be all right!

    :chuckle Julie:chuckle

  7. by   Rena RN 2003
    :chuckle everything they told you is probably true.

    but what they obviously failed to mention, if you want it badly (and i mean really badly), every part of school is "do-able". there wouldn't be nurses in the world if it weren't.

    i'm the SNA president and we will be doing orientation for this falls incoming class. i'm curious what type of orientation you had? were refreshments served? what did or didn't you like about it? what do you wish would have been done? do you feel like you were given enough information to start this program?
  8. by   peaceful2100
    I agree with what everyone said. Nursing programs scare new nursing students. Heck, I remember the first day of my orientation a senior nursing student shared the story of how we will have to do breast exams on each other. Two girls got up and walked out at the end of orientation and never came back. I mean come on what did you expect. You are going to be touching patients all the time in clinicals and once you graduate.

    It is scary, but it can be done. Many people do it and some don't. Some have several reasons why they did not make it, for some they could not balance working, and school, for some they decide that they are just not in the right field, some decided they rather do other things like party every weekend instead of studying for the test coming up the following week and at my school tests are Monday Mornings at 800am. Some just weren't ready or some may have taken too many classes at once. There are many reasons. IT is up to you. Try your best, study, don't be afraid to talk to instructors. Many instructors I know don't eat you up or try to weed you out if you show them that you are serious. If you show you are not serious then that is when many of the instructors at my school will do their hardest to boot you out. You have a nursing advisor for a reason. (I am assuming all schools have a nursing advisor) If you have one then she/he is there for a reason. They are there to help you or they SHOULD.

    Good luck! It will go by really quick.
  9. by   pkmom
    breast exams huh, pair me up with another woman who has children and we can laugh at ourselves together!
  10. by   nrselisa
    Rena, we didn't have refreshments. They discussed the hard work that was expected from us, the sacrifices our family would have to make and the dirty home we would soon have. I wish they would have provided us with a schedule. They said we could expect that in mid-July. There were very few positive things said, but if they can do it, than so can I

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