Quote from neeniebean
the initial classes were all days, then i oriented on days for 4 weeks and then went to nights, where i oriented there for another 4 weeks. They're piloting a process now of just orienting new night hires on nights only, but i think that orienting on days gave me a much better picture and understanding of the way it all works together (it also made me appreciate nights much more! lol)
DITTO DITTO DITTO - man, I hate day shifts. Too many MDs (this is a teaching hospital) using the RN station like a Starbucks, too many family members chasing you up the hall, and too many patients gone for too many hours for too many procedures, leaving you to figure out how to rearrange their meds into some semblance of order.
If I had to work day shift, I'd die. But I don't think someone should go straight to nights without working days first, at least for a little while. It took surviving those weeks of days to figure that out. You have to know how to fit stuff together, how a code works, who to call if X happens.
It's funny, though - whenever I have to write a discharge note (which is rare on nights) I have to stop and think about what to include, but I could write an admit in my sleep. . .