How long is your orientation?? - page 2

Just curious -- how long what is the average length of orientation for new grads - based on my experience and friends etc its generally 6 - 8 weeks. Does this match up with all of you?... Read More

  1. by   tamari07
    i'm doing 10-12 weeks on a neuro unit.
  2. by   hica19
    6-8 weeks on a med/surg floor.
  3. by   AuntieRN
    6-8wks is the general on our med/surg unless you need more.
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Tweety
    Two years?????????? Sorry, if you can't cut it in six months, our organization isn't going to invest two years. That's generous, but not wise in my opinion.
    I agree. But that is their policy. I have not yet seen anyone take more than six months.
  5. by   HappyNurse2005
    I've got 11 weeks on labor and delivery. Though, i don't know if thats the same for everyone or not. I have been a nurse for 15 months before coming here, though, which only helps with minor things in this unit-i can start an iv, do cathethers, etc
  6. by   hlfpnt
    I work in a long term acute care facility. About 85% of our census are multi-system failure vent patients. We get 19 weeks (the first 90 days of employ) for orientation & training...average nurse/patient ratio is 6-7:1. We spent 1 1/2 weeks in a class room doing review first. I really didn't mind that because I saw it as a really nice review for NCLEX.
  7. by   All_Smiles_RN
    My orientation on telemetry was supposed to be 12 weeks... but they cut it down to 6 weeks...
  8. by   kenesha212002
    6 months for included classroom time (Critical care course, EKG 101 and 201, hemodynamic monitoring and how to read a 12 lead EKG), going to specialty units like the OR, GI lab, and Specials ( where the get PICC lines, spinal taps, and stress tests), and than actually being on the unit for your 12 hours shifts.

    I thought this was really good because you were able to see the procedure and it helps you better explain it to your patients and their families.

    I beleive that I got a pretty ok orientation....but I don't think any new grad feels completely comfortable coming off no matter how long you get.
  9. by   RNsRWe
    8 weeks on med/surg....they tell everyone at hiring that it's a minimum of that, and if they need more, they can take up to 14 weeks, but that's BS from what I've gathered. No one gets that. 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week for 8 weeks = 24 days and you're on your own.
  10. by   Slobgob
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    will be 6 months (can have up to two years if needed)...also ICU

    6 months sounds like a good orientation... but in a nurse deprived field... i wouldn't bank that they'll uphold their end of the bargain if you actually asked for another 18 months... =)
  11. by   SillyLilly
    6-8 weeks tele/medsurg. But they said I can take longer if needed.
  12. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from jenniferhelene
    My orientation on telemetry was supposed to be 12 weeks... but they cut it down to 6 weeks...
    Were you ready to be out of orientation?
  13. by   medsurgnights
    6 weeks days, 2 weeks nights was what I had. Many of the other nurses have remained available for questions after that. I try to help out with as much with other nurses' patient loads as I can so I don't feel like so much of a pain when something unfamiliar comes up. I have been learning quite a lot through this in the past 3 months of being on my own