I'm orienting to the ICU (yay!). It's a rural and low acuity ICU and we're in the middle of a really bad summer slump. And both me and my 'dedicated' preceptor are getting low censused, but independently of each other, so as a result I've ended up passed from nurse to nurse, I've only had one acute patient, and I've been low censused so much that I've only worked 5 1/2 weeks of my seven weeks of orientation.
When I was oriented to med/surg ,at this hospital, my orientation was protected- no low census or call for me or my preceptor during my whole orientation.
Anyways, I'm pretty upset about the whole thing, but before I get too upset, I wanted to ask what your ICU orientation was like or how your ICU handles orienting new nurses...?
Thanks for the feedback