How many days of orientation?

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    Hi all! I was just curious how many days of orientation is normal for a fairly new nurse in ltc? I am getting 3 to 5 days. Doesn't feel like enough to me.
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    3-5 days is pretty normal for LTC. Not bad if you are experienced, you only have to learn the routine of that facility. If you are a new grad, it is like being thrown into the deep end of the pool. Sometimes, if you ask the DON, they will allow a longer orientation period like a couple of weeks or maybe even a month. Don't think you'll ever get the orientations like new grads in acute care hospitals of 6 months.
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    Quote from NewLPN11
    Hi all! I was just curious how many days of orientation is normal for a fairly new nurse in ltc? I am getting 3 to 5 days. Doesn't feel like enough to me.

    I had a grand total of 8 days (asked for a extra 2 for paper work learning) but I was a CNA in that facilty on the floor iam on for about a year.
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    When I was a new grad LPN in 2006, I received one 8-hour shift worth of orientation before being cut loose to work on my own. Although I was promised 3 days, the facility was too short-staffed to fulfill that promise.
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    My facility gives every nurse 10 days.
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    I think im at 13 "training" days, though it IS my first RN job. 3 days were "shadowing" i wasn't allowed to do anything just observe, which was sorta useless, as you do learn almost everything best by doing it yourself. Then three of those nights we had a call off on the sub acute hall, we had two experienced RN's and then me. Was hell. I'm asking for more orientation, and if i don't feel comfortable or they won't allow me them, what then? If we don't feel safe and make a mistake it's our license at risk...
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    Quote from NewLPN11
    Hi all! I was just curious how many days of orientation is normal for a fairly new nurse in ltc? I am getting 3 to 5 days. Doesn't feel like enough to me.
    I'm a new grad RN and 3-5 days doesn't sound that great to me either. I've had almost a month of orientation at a SNF on a subacute foor. I just got signed off on treatments and medications last week and I've been on a med cart with a staff nurse shadowing me since Monday. I think that I'll have another two weeks maybe on a med cart with the nurse shadowing me before I'm set free. Good luck =)
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    Hi all! Thanks for the input! I'll update: today is day 4. Day 1 I pretty much shadowed. Day 2 I did partial med pass and some treatments, charting etc. Day 3 I was the "nurse" and my orienter was there if I needed her but I did all med passes, treatments, charting, etc. Annnnd I got out on time. I def feel more comfortable with the routine. A lot of it was putting names with faces, getting to know he residents and also the med cart. 2 more days then Monday I fly on my own!
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    I think I was given 13, but I am asking for more, because I feel uncomfortable taking the floor by myself
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    Just an FYI. Most of the acute care orientations I'm aware of are 6 to 10 weeks for new grads. Haven't heard of any longer than 3 months. I think the push is on to keep cutting back on orientation time.


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