nurses don't know when they're orientating - page 2

by proud nurse 4,681 Views | 34 Comments

I'm having a good learning experience so far in orientation, but I just have one question that's bugging the heck out of me. Why don't my preceptors know I'm coming? I've worked with 2 nurses so far that have had no idea... Read More


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    Quote from Altra
    Just so the OP and others reading know ... it doesn't have to be this way. Some places do have organized orientations planned with forethought.
    Exactly. I have just started a new job as an experienced RN. I was given a schedule for my orientation of who I will be with what days. This schedule has also been placed in our charge nurse resource book and e-mailed to staff so there is no confusion.
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    Poor management. Happened in my last unit all the time. Neither orientee or the orientator would have any idea, half of the time. Sometimes an experiences nurse would just have to step up and volunteer. Occasionally our "treasure" of a manger would assign to new hires to the same experienced nurse. And we had turnover like crazy, so there was ALWAYS someone in orientation.
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    That is a pet-peeve of mine. When I was a bedside nurse, stuff like that happened all the time. There seemed to be no planning at all.
    When I started working as an educator, that was the first thing I changed. My preceptors are matched with the new nurses based on compatability if possible. They also receive a schedule when they will be orienting and an outline what they need to be teaching (new grad vs experienced).
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    Just coming from the other side, I was assigned someone to orientate and wasn't let notified beforehand and I felt like I was a deer in the headlights since I had no idea. It was also my first time ever orientating and I had only been working on the floor for 4 months. Definately something that management should not have done for both of us.
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    Should have never happened. My preceptors have to sign a contract because they have to know what's expected of them. They also have to attend at least 80% of preceptor meetings in order to qualify to be a preceptor.
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    Sometimes I was told if I was to orientate someone and other times I came in, looked at the schedule, and bam I see a new name with an "o" next to it! I don't mind though because I was once in that position and I know what it feels like when someone doesn't want to do it with you! I don't want anyone to feel like they are a bother to me because eventually they will be my co-worker and its important to have good relationships with each other to help promote teamwork!
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    Well if I'm lucky I find out in the beginning of my shift. Sometimes I am in the swing of things several hours in and I'll get dumped on. I'm embarrassed with how things are done.
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    This boggles my mind. At both hospitals I have worked for, I was given a schedule and the name of my preceptor in advance. The preceptors were asked first and had attended training in order to be a preceptor. Unfortunately, when I was orienting to L&D, the assigned preceptor was pulled to triage by management many of the days I was to be with her. I was given to "whoever" for the day. I ended up with 11 preceptors and a crappy orientation. A couple different preceptors would have been fine, but too many with differing opinions, skills, expectations, etc. was very frustrating. So, even if things are planned in advance, management can still find ways to screw it up.
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    I worked in LTC and oriented 3 nurses on a hall over a 3 month period. They each quit because it was too much for them to handle (It wasn't to much for me). I HATED when I had an orientee on that hall cuz I knew I was most likely wasting my time. I think I did a thorough job and was kind none-the-less. I think managers don't tell the floor nurses they will be orienting someone cuz many nurses are tired of doing it (and might call in or complain about it).
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    Orientation in the floor for 3 months?i am now working on a LTC was oriented on the floor for only 3 days!..everyday is a challenge for me especially with paper works. I am handling a station with 2 cna and 30 patients. Lucky for me my fellow nurses from other station very helpful. But i have problems with the cna. They are watching my every move and report me to supervisors.


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