Will 2 days a week be enough?

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    Would like to get some opinions from those who work or have worked med surg. I have taken a prn position and will be starting orientation in April. I plan on working 2 days a week, as I have a full time day job that I will be working around. I will be doing the PM shift for the most part and probably some days on the weekend. Do you think 2 days a week will be enough during an 8-12 week orientation. I am rusty with skills but feel that I have a good knowledge foundation to not harm anyone. I am nervous and am hoping I am not shooting myself in the foot as you would say by starting out prn. Opinions, thoughts?
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    What is your current job? I think that would make a difference. 2 days a week could be enough. During orientation I only did 3 days a week since my preceptor was 36 hours. You will probably be overwhelmed at firs but you'll be okay. Good luck!
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    Quote from PediLove2147
    What is your current job? I think that would make a difference. 2 days a week could be enough. During orientation I only did 3 days a week since my preceptor was 36 hours. You will probably be overwhelmed at firs but you'll be okay. Good luck!
    I currently work for an insurance company sitting at a desk all day reviewing claims for med nec. I am sure hoping that two days a week will be enough After orientation I am only required to work one weekend a month and one holiday a year. I plan on working every other weekend to pay off bills.
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    I was hired per diem originally at my hospital and was oriented 3 days a week (8 hour shifts). Are you doing 12's? If so, that's the same amount I did and I felt it was enough. I was put on my own some shifts 4 weeks into my orientation.....yeah...we have some issues lol. But, if you ask a lot of questions and come home and study up on things you will be fine. If I had a patient with a diagnosis I never heard of, I came home and read all about. Surgical procedure I was unfamiliar with, same thing. I already knew how to do assessments, meds, foleys, Ivs, etc from nursing school clinical, so job orientation was more important in terms of learning hospital polices and procedures. You say you are a bit rusty with skills, but don't worry...they should walk you through it the first time. Also, I used a skill DVD I had from school and YouTube to look up videos on certain skills I hadn't done in a while that I knew I would be doing on the floor. You say you have a good knowledge base, so that's going to be beneficial. Good luck! Enjoy being PRN. LOVED it.
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    Quote from naptimeRN
    I was hired per diem originally at my hospital and was oriented 3 days a week (8 hour shifts). Are you doing 12's? If so, that's the same amount I did and I felt it was enough. I was put on my own some shifts 4 weeks into my orientation.....yeah...we have some issues lol. But, if you ask a lot of questions and come home and study up on things you will be fine. If I had a patient with a diagnosis I never heard of, I came home and read all about. Surgical procedure I was unfamiliar with, same thing. I already knew how to do assessments, meds, foleys, Ivs, etc from nursing school clinical, so job orientation was more important in terms of learning hospital polices and procedures. You say you are a bit rusty with skills, but don't worry...they should walk you through it the first time. Also, I used a skill DVD I had from school and YouTube to look up videos on certain skills I hadn't done in a while that I knew I would be doing on the floor. You say you have a good knowledge base, so that's going to be beneficial. Good luck! Enjoy being PRN. LOVED it.
    Since I work full time days at my current job I am going to do 2 days a week. 8 hour pm's during the week and 12 hour shifts every other weekend. I am currently in orientation before starting on the floor and we have gone over aLot of the skills. I am looking forward to being PRN.

    Naptime RN thank you for replying too my post! It is appreciated
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    Lucky you on the desk job. Yes, you'll be fine with that amount of training time. In med-surg, we never expected people that came in for a short tour (PRN folks) to really know what they were doing. We were just happy having someone that could fill out the documentation, get the assessments done, and get the meds in. Anything beyond that was extra. We were chronically short handed to the point we were all ready to mostly kill ourselves each shift, lol. Just being there to call bell from hell will be a help!


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