'Onboard' New Nurses to Prevent Them from Jumping Ship - page 2

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2010 I've been thinking about new graduate nurses a lot recently. In my conversations with managers and educators, we talk about ways they... Read More

  1. by   kasendamiles86
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    Between the lack of support and the high patient:nurse ratios, a nursing home can be a very dangerous place for a new grad. Nursing homes in my area aren't interested in new grads.
    Not to be rude, but if new grads can't get into hospitals where are we suppose to go? I have been scorned and burned by ltc as a newbie and plan on not returning anytime ( I did learn a lot while I was there though) soon but how did you come to this conclusion? What about new grad lpns? Seriously though just wanting an honest answer. Not to hijack the thread, but if a new grad can't get hired at a hospital (RN specifically) where should he/she go? I am curious.
  2. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I wish I knew. I understand your frustration. I was also burned by LTC as a newbie. I found a job in home health, but for a while I was planning to make my license inactive, than take a refresher when (if) the job market picked up again.
  3. by   NightNurse876
    Im a new grad an NO ONE WANTS ME...I've applied many places, soo sick of this. Everyone keeps say have you tried nursing homes, LTCs, the jails even...well guess what? I'm still unemployed in my field. MAny hospitals are doing programs for new grads so if you dont get in what the program starts then you wont get in during the regular year. Its sad but very very true....
  4. by   BeANurse2010
    What about VNA...it is a lot of work and a lot of driving...but it is O.K. and it makes you keep up your skills.
  5. by   xcatltc
    Thats actually very wise because in LTC, nursing home, its not just one thing your going to learn about ie ortho, or psych, its everything, ortho, psych, pulmonary, cardiac, because geriatric population has everything, also often the pay is better than hospitals.
  6. by   kasendamiles86
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    I wish I knew. I understand your frustration. I was also burned by LTC as a newbie. I found a job in home health, but for a while I was planning to make my license inactive, than take a refresher when (if) the job market picked up again.
    Well I recently took a job in home health. I went to shadow another nurse and it seems like a lot of paperwork,and assessment skills being used. The woman told me I wouldn't be doing any skilled visits because I'm the RN. Only supervisory and SOC. I'm like what if I want to do the skilled visits, because I do.
  7. by   BeANurse2010
    Are you an RN or an LPN? You can do the skilled visits out on the visit. You just cannot do the OASIS if you are an LPN. If she/he wants you not to do the "skilled visits" good luck to her. It is at least one hour to get all the work submitted on the computer. And it sounds like you are doing Home Health so you will be with a family member 24-7. Certainly not my cup of tea...however just get the job....and look for what you really want to do on the side. It is better to have money by having a job...than not having any money at all. Also, do your research on the company. You might not want to stay with the one you are with but at least learn the ropes for 1 year. Then go on your merry way.. Actually a lot of places will state they want 2 years of "Acute Care Experience"....all while never asking you a question about your nursing experiences out in the world.

    Good luck it is hard ...but you will make it!!
  8. by   kamiworm
    Quote from Boston-RN
    ummm....although I think new grads are tough to train and retain....if an organization doesn't make the effort, then who is to support the remaining staff during vacations, PTO, LOA, retirement, career changes and the rest of the inevitible?? new grads are necessary in all careers, not just nursing, that to me is kind of an obvious statement.
    Yes, I believe for the sake of patient care in the long run, something will need to be done soon. And the fact that "ALL" RN's started somewhere -what has happened?? New graduates have gone through some pretty high hoops that gives us the flexibility to adapt to new places, new systems, multiple hospital systems, protocols, and technologies. Many seasoned nurses on the floor have been doing the same things for longer periods of time & are great at these repetitous skills but I couldn't help but notice how they freak out when new pumps or other programs were changed. Yet we are introduced in one day to a new rotation hospital/floor, the next day we have to study, fill out pathophysiology info on 3-4 patients by 7 or 8 am and be ready for rounds with the night-shift nurse. Just when we got used to the routines we were once again sent off to another hospital/floor.
  9. by   mrsnj20
    Having gone through onboarding as a new nurse, I can say that it is helpful. On the other hand, all the onboarding in the world won't keep nurses from jumping ship when you overload them with high pt ratios, without the support system to back them up. This is the real reason why new nurses jump ship, not because they need more orientation.