I am a Dec. grad, and started my first ever nursing job this week 11-7 in LTC. My first two days were spent on paperwork, videos, etc. on day shift, no real hands on orientation whatsoever. My third day I went on 11-7, for what I was under the impression would be the beginning of my actual orientation to the job. Well, a nurse called out, so that left me and one other nurse, who by the way has only been in this facility a few months herself to handle 115 residents including several tube feeders. I did all the tubing changes, flushes, and bolus feeds myself and did the accuchecks. Basically, I just did what I could to help out hoping that the next night would be better and I'd get to shadow the nurse to get a feel of what my job will be like and to have a chance to ask questions about the residents. HA! Got there last night, a different nurse was on, but again we were the only two. She had me count the narcotics on two carts, and presto! I'm on my own and responsible for the care of 57 residents. She gives me tubing and formula (I hadn't even been told where this was stored, LOL) and tells me to go change the tubing and hang new formula for three residents, plus give two bolus feeds. When I finally get a chance to look at the MAR for my TWO carts I realize I'm 30 minutes late on a med, so when I tell the other nurse that I'm feeling overwhelmed and not ready to take on the two carts myself because I'm suppose to be in orientation, she gets all snippy and says "I'll just do it myself". which is not what I intended. I wanted us to do the entire facility together, that way I'd see how things are done, and could pick up a few pointers from her while learning a little about the residents. It was a horrible night that ended with a patient falling. I'm ready to quit and I haven't even really started yet. I guess I've vented all this, but what I really want to know, is could someone tell me what I should have been expecting as far as orientation goes? What is the LEAST acceptable orientation for a new nurse? BTW I expected to be one of only two nurses on 11-7 AFTER my orientation, but not during. What I'm feeling is that there is no orientation for me.