- by dramaprincess531 Jul 1, '12So I have a question for all of you nurses out there: I am a new grad, and I just started a new job. I have currently had only 6 days working with a preceptor. They want me to start on my own tomorrow! Is this normal? How long was everyone elses' orientations??? I do not feel ready to be on my own yet. HELP!
- Jul 1, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNWhat kind of facility are you working at? Hospital? LTC? SNF? In general, orientations in LTC are much shorter than in the hospital setting. 6 shifts isn't unheard of. Is the position full time, part time, or per diem? Again, per diem positions will receive much shorter orientations- even in the hospital- because the hospital doesn't return their investment as quickly.
What were you told during your job interview? You should always, always, ask about the orientation process when you are applying for a job. Unfortunately, as a new grad, you might have been so ready to accept any job that you didn't think to ask. In the future, remember that this is an important question to ask during your interview, before you accept a position.
If you truly don't feel that you are able to practice safely at this point, approach your manager, explain the areas where you feel uncomfortable, and ask for a few more days of orientation.
- Jul 1, '12 by dramaprincess531Thank you for your response! I am working full time in a hospital.
- Jul 1, '12 by lovenandj, RNWhat kind of unit are you working on? Though 6 days would be scary for any floor, you've posted this in the OB/GYN forum, and I don't even want to believe that 6 days in L&D or even maternity is a reality ANYwhere.
- Jul 1, '12 by babyktchrWOW. WOW. WOW. Say no. Say it loud. Say it strong.
- Jul 1, '12 by FyreflieQuote from babyktchrTHIS. Dangerous. Say no in writing, document your concerns and keep in hard copy any answers you get even if you have to take notes on verbal conversations. Cover yourself.WOW. WOW. WOW. Say no. Say it loud. Say it strong.
- Jul 1, '12 by Kim2010Wow! 6 shifts and your on your own? Are you Mother/baby, L&D, gyn surgical patients? I can't imagine a new unseasoned nurse being ready to be on their own after such a short orientation. I am at a new facility but 2 years experience and already had 5 weeks orientation, could ask for more and have a resource person for as many weeks as I need. I would talk to your nurse educator or nurse manager.
- Jul 3, '12 by dramaprincess531I am working on a postpartum unit. Thanks for all the responses everyone!
- Jul 3, '12 by jodyangelNopw 6 shifts is still crazy. Protect your license.
- Jul 5, '12 by RN-in-L&DWow... we get 14-18 weeks for experienced nurses. 6 MONTHS for new grads... plus more if needed. I would be very worried about a facility that would put you on alone after 6 shifts. I not only would be worried about my license but the standard of care provided by that facility.