Quote from NrsKate
I am a new graduate RN who is starting my first job at a rehabilitation hospital. I am extremely excited!! However, I am also very nervous because along with the normal new graduate fears, I will only get 2 weeks of orientation with a preceptor before being on my own (yikes!). Any advice for me would be wonderful! What are the biggest challenges I will face as a new grad on a rehab unit? Thanks so much!
It is well-known and accepted that new grads don't know how to be nurses--that we are expected to train you. (now, i think that is what school's should do, but what do i know?) So, don't get overly-wrought about not knowing a lot and having a lot of basic questions. As a trainer, i would worry if you didn't have basic questions. But i am not a trainer; i was new a little over 3 years ago and am still learning.
I carry a small notebook in my pocket to jot on, anything from the new unit phone numbers, door codes, employee names, to questions i want to ask or look up later.
Learn what stuff you need in your pockets and get it before the shift to save yourself time later.
Carry a clipboard because you will find a lot of info that you need to keep with you.
Finally, IT WILL GET BETTER, but there will be bad times ahead. Know that and don't think you are the only one.