@ Skyfel, thats pretty much how my first orientation as a brand new nurse in LTC went. I shadowed for 5 shifts and then it was all me. LTC is kind of sink or swim but within the first couple of weeks you will get your flow down, you will just be slow at first which is ok. The nurse orientating me didnt have much time to answer questions so I took notes on everything and asked Q's as I went along once I was on my own. I have worked in two different LTC and this has been my orientation experience with both and it seems to be in par with my class mates orientations as well.
@ Bigmaine33, I went through the same thing. I passed NCLEX Nov 2008, I was 4 months pregnant so getting hired as a new grad and pregnant was impossible. I did not end up getting a job till Jan 2010 after I had taken some time off with my baby. I had to work in a really awful LTC for 6 months but it was all i needed to move on and get hired somewhere better. it WILL happen, i promis! apply apply apply. apply even if it says requires experience. do a volunteer clinic, because it is experience that will help you get hired. think outside the box like jails, clinics, school nursing. Just keep in mind this is happening to a lot of new grads all over the US, you are not alone. I know how devastating it is, I cried after every interview I put my heart into just to be told they couldnt hire new grads anyways ( so why call me and waste my time?!). I would drive an hour out for a job interview
to hear this and I would be so upset the whole way home wondering why is this happening to me. Just dont give up, there is someone out there who will hire you. good luck to you!