What is precepting?

  1. How is a new RN grad helped with her/his first nursing job? Does anyone know? Thanks! Heather
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  3. by   Ortho_RN
    Well at the hospital I work at depending on what area you are hired are put through a 6-8wk sometimes longer orientation type schedule... Like the first week they are sitting in a class doing telemetry, learning the rules of the hospitals, charting, etc... Then we you go to your floor you are assigned a nurse.. They usually let you follow them for the first shift, and may let you do skills and stuff, but basically you learn how that floor works... Then you might get one patient, with that RN watching over you and making sure you chart right, etc... Then you get a few more patients, then finally you get them all and the RN is just there to supervise you and help when needed....

    I'm sure different hospitals do things different ways..
  4. by   Dublin37
    Well that makes me feel a bit better. I thought that after nursing school, they just throw you out there! It reminds me of when I was learning to waitress. Are you done with your stu nursing now? Heather
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    Hehe.. no, I don't think they would just throw you out there... You need to check depending on where you want to work at how long their preceptorship/orientation is...

    I am still in school.. I graduate in December... I just work at a hospital on the Orthopaedic floor as a PCA/CNA...

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