Dec graduates currently in orientation for a RN position? - page 2

I graduated in Dec 2002 and am currently in orientation for a RN postition. I have been in a classroom for a week and will probably have 2 more weeks before getting to step onto the unit I will be... Read More

  1. by   Elenaster
    I too graduated in Dec. I'm in a nurse intern program that is a year long. I started out with 2 weeks of hospital orientation :zzzz and now I will go to nights for 5 weeks. Next I have 3 weeks of critical care classes and tests and then back to nights with a preceptor for a total of 12 weeks. After that, we have intern support groups bi-monthly and we also have a coordinator that we can call anytime, which is good because she is completely independent of our unit managers and staff development people.

    I'm in an 11 bed Neuro ICU in a level I teaching hospital and I have never worked night shift before. The majority of my anxiety has to do with learning to get enough sleep so that I'm not crazy.
    Last edit by Elenaster on Mar 25, '03
  2. by   nrselisa
    I don't graduate until May. I just got my first job today. Tomorrow I go in for my physical. I will be getting a 3 month orientation on the IMC floor. I'm glad I'll have a long orientation.
  3. by   mom2rosebudbaby
    I have been out of orientation and out on my own for two weeks now. There is still alot to learn!! There are still things I need experience with. Most of my co-workers are good about helping me. I have learned which ones to ask when I need help.

    My instructors reccomended at least 6 months preferably a year of med-surg experience before moving on to another unit. This of course was not my first choice. I like the surgical unit and I will probably stay longer than a year. I don't think I would want to start over from scratch on another unit anytime soon.

    I am glad so many people have posted and shared their experiences.
  4. by   Furball
    OMG don't complain! I was dumped onto a busy post op CABG step down unit right after graduation with very little orientation.....sink or swim. (1997)
  5. by   delirium
    Your orientations seem really short! I am a May graduate, and most of the places I've talked to have at least a 12 week orientation. One place has that and an 8 week transitional period, so you're not taking a full patient load until you've been there 5 months.

    Another place has a 12 month new grad fellowship program that includes a 16 week orientation, monthly meetings with the clinical educator, etc.

    I just don't think I'd be ready with an orientation lasting only 6 weeks (or less!). Sheesh.

    Good luck to everyone.
  6. by   zambezi
    I graduated June 02--about six months out now...We had at least one month (mabye longer) of general orientation...the first week was general, all new hospital employees must attend, talks about benefits, est/eto, retirement funds etc...then we had an rn orientation, went over all of the policys procrdures/omnicell, skills (ivs, central lines, codes, pumps etc...not everything from nursing school but alot of it according to hospital policy), also went over computer system, basic ekg class, and the general structure of the hospital...we had many speakers come and talk about different body systems and different floors...restraints, blood policies, etc...its a long was excellent for those that had never been to the hospital...much of it was very redundent for those of us that had been at the hospital for clinicals for the past two years....i started critical care directly from school so i also had a three day critical care class...i oriented on days for one month and on nights for two,,, (oriented in the same unit for six months as a student so i think my orientation was shorter than a new grad that would have been accepted and had never had any critical care "experience" so to speak) felt about the right legnth to me...not to mention that now i have great sopport on the floors, always someone to help me out if i have a question or a patient is crashing....