Quote from TaniqueRN
Tomorrow starts my first day of Nursing Orientation (after) waiting two years for this day. I do not even know where to start in reviewing. If anyone has any helpful advice or has experienced what I will be experiencing, please let me know what to expect or how I should start off in reviewing.
First off, congratulations.
Know that they hired you for YOU, not what you know. It's your personality and your 'story' that they hired. They know darn well that even a fresh newbie needs help and that a stale newbie needs even more.
Be frank and honest with your preceptor and the others about what you know and what you don't. Be a hard worker and always quick to help out, answer call lights, empty commodes. Be a few minutes early every day (just so you won't be even 2 seconds late) and be excellent at what you do. Clean up after yourself, keep your lines and wires untangled, and keep your patients puffed and buffed. Don't join in the inevitable complaining.
Review: Do just that... review, not preview. After each shift or each rotation, do case studies of your patients, their conditions, and their treatments. It will stick so much more easily when it's tied to a real person.
Ask questions and take suggestions and criticisms.
Engage with the doctors. You need to build credibility with them, too, and they are a wealth of information.
Smile a lot and let the I-finally-got-a-job gratitude show on your face and in your demeanor.