Hired at a SNF but.....

  1. 0 I am a new grad and received my RN license in Sept 2012. I was hired at a SNF as a referral
    by a friend. My orientation is 2 days. Is that the standard? I dont think 2 days is enough to have a comfortable grip on all the paperwork, and 40+ residents in addition to all the other
    fun stuff. Please share and enlighten for those of you with knowledge.
    Help!
    Caffeine
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  4. Visit  Ms.MayaRN profile page
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    OMG, two days, that's usually orientation for travel nurses and they have years of experience.
    common sense two days is not enought to get a grip on all the paperwork and residents.
  5. Visit  missydeeRN profile page
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    Be safe ! I'm sure you worked a good while to earn your license... if you don't feel comfortable... do the same thing and speak up... although you may be surprised by how quickly you get in the flow. Congratulations on the job!!!
  6. Visit  caffeineaddict profile page
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    Thanks for the advice. My orientation is this Thurs and Friday. I will see how it goes but I'm already
    making alternate plans.
    Caffeine
  7. Visit  Seas profile page
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    It is ridiculously short.
    LPNnowRN and itsmejuli like this.
  8. Visit  Mully profile page
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    Bahahahaha
  9. Visit  bubblejet50 profile page
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    Thats all my orientation was as a new grad in SNF
  10. Visit  J&B-RN profile page
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    That is way too short, unsafe, and frankly going to scare the crap out of you and overwhelm you. That is completely rediculous. It should be at least two week! At least!!
  11. Visit  lovingtheunloved profile page
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    Yep, when I was a brand new LPN, I got a day and a half. That was it. LTC is sink or swim. Here's hoping you're a good swimmer.
  12. Visit  cookiss777 profile page
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    I understand that its hard for us new hirees to complain about it because jobs are scarce nowadays. On your orientation ask questions and take down notes, learn as much as you can in the 2 days given to you. I understand its hard to grasp and digest everything in just a short span of time.

    I know how you must feel. I am also a new orientee in a Skilled Nursing Facility, and I am on my 4th day of orientation. Luckily, the DON have given me 3 weeks of orientation before I will be working on my own. So far the 1st two days were quite overwhelming. I sometimes got blank and felt like I am being left behind with the nurses orienting me. They just seemed to do nursing care & med pass too fast. Little by little I have slowly grasped some of the techniques. I am also doing my part like reading the company's manual and facility procedures, etc. I also familiarized myself with the forms that we are using in the facility. The DON gave me some paperworks to do at home and the ADON gave me a booklet as my guideline. So far that guidebook has been pretty helpful.

    Goodluck to you and work safely.
  13. Visit  caffeineaddict profile page
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    Quote from cookiss777
    I understand that its hard for us new hirees to complain about it because jobs are scarce nowadays. On your orientation ask questions and take down notes, learn as much as you can in the 2 days given to you. I understand its hard to grasp and digest everything in just a short span of time. I know how you must feel. I am also a new orientee in a Skilled Nursing Facility, and I am on my 4th day of orientation. Luckily, the DON have given me 3 weeks of orientation before I will be working on my own. So far the 1st two days were quite overwhelming. I sometimes got blank and felt like I am being left behind with the nurses orienting me. They just seemed to do nursing care & med pass too fast. Little by little I have slowly grasped some of the techniques. I am also doing my part like reading the company's manual and facility procedures, etc. I also familiarized myself with the forms that we are using in the facility. The DON gave me some paperworks to do at home and the ADON gave me a booklet as my guideline. So far that guidebook has been pretty helpful. Goodluck to you and work safely.
    Thank u. I am actually not looking forward at all but I'm trying to keep an open mind. My RN license is everything to me.Caffeine
  14. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    As a new LVN in early 2006, all I received was one 8-hour shift worth of orientation before being cut loose to work my myself. The DON offered me three days, but the facility was not staffed with enough nurses to fulfill that offer.

    In the large metro area where I live, three days is a normal length of orientation for new grads in SNF/nursing homes. Orientation is not an extended time for clinical or practicum of skills that you missed in nursing school. Rather, it is a time to quickly learn the paperwork and routine of the floor. The rest of your learning will come with time.
    amoLucia and OnlybyHisgraceRN like this.
  15. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
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    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    Yep, when I was a brand new LPN, I got a day and a half. That was it. LTC is sink or swim. Here's hoping you're a good swimmer.
    Unfortunately this is true. When I was a new grad LPN I got five days of orientation which was cut short. It really is sink or swim. However, I would rather sink than to be an unsafe nurse. Ask, ask , ask for more orientation. Do you and your patients a favor.


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