Orientation for new GPN?

  1. Hi all, I was wondering how much orientation time is reasonable for a new GPN? I just got my permit last week and have received 3 days on 2nd shift this week and will receive 3 days on 3rd shift next week. I passed the whole hall of meds myself on my 3rd night of orientation, but I am really lost as to all of the computer documentation, and I didn't even have the chance to look at the treatment book. I don't feel ready at all. Any advice?
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  3. by   J Lynn
    My friend just got hired at a hospital (she's a new LPN grad). Her orientation is 12 weeks for a new grad. She had to take classes on computer documentation, body machanics (so she knows how to lift pts properly), and she had to take a test to assess her nursing knowledge. Plus, she has a very supportive group of nurses she will be working with.

    This is the kind of environment you should be working in, if it is not, you're at risk for losing your license. You need a nurturing place to grow as a nurse, not to scare you away from being a nurse.
    I hope everything works out for you. Don't be afraid to give your 2 weeks notice and look for something else, or talk to your nurse manager about how you feel. If she/he is no help......get out.
    Last edit by J Lynn on Jul 3, '04