Help with med/surg - page 2

by Tsatalstrana

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Hi All! Ok, I am new to the med/surg culture. I had 3 days orientation so far (need I say with 3 different preceptors...but I think that was just for last week). I thought it was completely overwhelming. I am already a timid... Read More


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    Well, I am a new grad to RN, but have been an LPN for 5+ years, all of which were in LTC. I still had a tremendously hard time. It is like moving to another continent!! The PACE is way too fast for me...I will not be offended if someone tells me that this area may not be right for me. It was a miracle I did not kill anyone yesterday!! I still haven't recovered, spent all night crying and woke up crying....my poor husband...glad there is this site for some relief..
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    First, three different preceptors = unacceptable.

    In our program there is a three week classroom orientation then a four week clinical preceptorship (and additional shifts if needed).
    Our new grads take a full patient load Day #1 but with the preceptor holding their hand as they go. The preceptor guides, mentors, coaches, assists and helps introduce our new nurses to the world of real life nursing and into our culture. As the manager, I meet with them formally on a weekly basis with our Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator. I go in early daily, especially if I have night orientees, I want them to know who their manager is, just as the day orientees get to see me daily.
    Good Luck to you.


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