Is my orientation too short?

  1. I have a year and half of Tele experience, I started in local MICU and was told that I will receive 3 weeks (9 shifts) of on the floor training. I am concerned that it is too short, but the educator stated that it will be enough because I worked on Tele prior to this. Any thoughts?
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  3. by   JeanOfAllTraits
    What size is your MICU? Do you know what kinds of therapies and acuity you take?
  4. by   QuietRN
    Did you take a critical care course before having those 3 weeks on the floor? My hospital requires a course that they provide (and pay you to take) that is 8 weeks - like nursing school with class time and clinical time on the unit you are hired to work. Then after you pass a crazy hard test- you then continue on to train with a preceptor for 3-4 weeks. I felt it was the perfect amount of time before going out on my own.
  5. by   Esme12
    HUmmmm....seems quick. Do you have any classroom time? how "acute" are your patients?
  6. by   Ev106
    It's Level I trauma hospital, I work in MICU, we also have SICU, TICU, CTICU etc. several different ICUs. I was told this floor has the sickest patients. We have about 30-35 beds.

    The hospital does not offer extensive critical care course. There are couple of days of classes later.... I wish they were before the my training on the floor. Eight weeks of classes, that sounds really great!
  7. by   ChipNurse
    That sounds way too short. I had 12 weeks and felt that was pretty adequate, but I still run across scenarios/treatments that I wasn't exposed to with a preceptor. Are the nurses on the floor approachable and willing to help out alot?
  8. by   Ev106
    Acuity... Well, it's level one trauma, the manager told me we get the sickest patients. I will have several drips, couple titratable, a lot of codes, busy Labs, orders, most patients are ventilated, etc.