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  1. Hey y'all! My name is Lila and I'm a 32yr old ex-housewife who is so looking forward to being able financially independant for once! Real job skills will be welcome when I graduate in 12/05. I'm going into an intensive 16month straight ADN program her in Austin as of Aug. 30. and it's been a long road of pre-reqs and co-reqs just to get here. Wish me luck.
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  3. by   Linda Kaumeyer RN/SD
    Hi Out There! My Name Is Linda. I Am 52 Years Old And An Rn. I Have Only Been Out Of School For 8 Years. I Worked 5 Years In A Hospital. 4 Of Those Years Were On A Med Surg Unit. I Have Done A Year Of Mds's For A Long Term Facility, At That Time My Son Passed Away And I Just Could Not Get Back Into The Thought That Is Needed For That Job. For The Past 2 Years I Have Been A Staff Development Coordinator For A 100 Bed Skilled Nursing Facility. I Have Plenty Of Challenges That I Am Hoping This Connection Will be a resourse for me as well as a place to chat about every day things. I Am Also Raising My 9 Year Old Grandson. What A Trip!!!:hatparty:
    Last edit by Linda Kaumeyer RN/SD on Mar 16, '04
  4. by   missmercy
    Hi!

    I'm a staff development coordinator too! This is a new position for me and for the hospital. Are you involved in inservices, education..., just nursing staff or ancillary staff as well? I'm inprocess of developing a "newby" survival guide for new hires -- new grads or transfers.. Would love to hear from ya'all as to anything that you think would be a helpful item to include in our guide.

    When I first hired in here, no one bothered to show me around, no one filled me in on the informal things -- so we are going to put some of that stuff ( where to hang coats, where the bathrooms are, codes to the break rooms, where to park)
    Any thing stick out in your minds of things that were especially helpful to you in your orientation processes? Anything that you found to be a waste of time? We want to get our new folks as much info as they will need to succeed. We are also starting a mentor/pal program so that new folks will have another staff person to connect with.
  5. by   Linda Kaumeyer RN/SD
    DEAR MISSMERCY

    I WAS THRILLED TO SEE YOUR RESPONSE WHEN I LOGGED ON TODAY. I AM VERY NEW TO THIS TYPE OF COMMUNICATION. I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A CHAT ROOM. SO I AM NOT SURE WHAT A LOT OF THIS STUFF MEANS BUT I FIGURE THAT I WILL GET THE HANG OF IT REAL QUICK,
    IT IS NICE TO "SEE" A FRIENDLY VOICE!!
    WHEN I STARTED AS AN SDC, I TOO WAS NEW TO THE ROLE AND LOW AND BEHOLD, NO REAL ORIENTATION EITHER. IMAGINE THAT!!!
    I SPEND THE FIRST DAY (8 HOURS) HAVING MY NEW STAFF FILL OUT THE PAYROLL INFO, GO THROUGH THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, EAT PIZZA, WATCH MOVIES. I MAKE SURE THAT A THROUGH TOUR IS GIVEN. WE GO INTO ALL THE ROOMS SUCH AS LAUNDRY, SOILED UTILITY, CLEAN UTILITY, DINING ROOM KITCHEN ACTIVITY ROOM ETC.. I INTRODUCE THEM TO EACH DEPARTMENT HEAD AND LET THEM TELL A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT THEIR JOB CONSISTS OF. I DO TB'S, FINGERPRINTS, HEPATITIS B'S, BACKGROUND CHECKS, LICENSURE CHECKS, REFERENCE CHECKS. I ALSO AM THE FACILITY EDUCATOR FOR THE STNA'S, RN'S, LPN'S, DIETARY. ACTIVITIES, THERAPY DEPARTMENT, OFFICE, LAUNDRY AND HOUSEKEEPING. I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEDULING OF ALL THE STNA'S. I PUT OUT A 6 WEEK SCHEDULE. THAT GIVES THE AIDES A "LOOK SEE" INTO THE UPCOMING 6 WEEKS SO THEY SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS AROUND THEIR SCHEDULES. I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACKING ABSENCES. TARDIES, MEDICAL LEAVES ETC... i AM ALSO THE INFECTION CONTROL NURSE, AND PERSONEEL.
    I HAVE DEVISED A PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS FOR A NEW STAFF MEMBER TO BE ASSIGNED TO AN EXISTING STAFF MEMBER FOR ORIENTATION TO EVERYTHING FROM HOW TO USE OUR LIFTS TO WHERE TO PARK. THEY GO TO LUNCH AND BREAKS WITH THIS STAFF MEMBER, INTRODUCE THEM AROUND ETC. ONE THING THAT I HAVE FOUND TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS IS A SCAVENGER HUNT WHICH INCLUDES WHERE SUPPLIES ARE, WHERE TO SIGN FOR THEIR HOURS FOR PAYROLL, WHERE TO FIND ITEMS THAT ARE NOT OUT INTO THE STOCK SUPPLY, WHERE EACH OFFICE IS ETC... THIS IS FUN AND TAKES A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF THE NEW STAFF MEMBER.
    MY BEST ADVISE IS TO SHARE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU CAN WITH A NEW EMPLOYEE. CHECK IN ON THEM FREQUESNTLY AND ASK THEM HOW THINGS ARE GOING ETC..., KEEPING ACCURATE AND CURRENT RECORDS OF EVERYTHING FROM ATTENDANCE TO TB'S, HEP'S AND INSERVICES. BE OUT THERE AND KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW THAT NEW STAFF MEMBER FEELS WHEN WORKING WITH THE OLDER STAFF.
    SORRY FOR YAKING SO MUCH. THAT IS ONE OF MY DOWN FALLS.
    LINDA

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