My ego is terribly bruised. I have been an RN since 2004. I was an LPN for 6 years prior to that. I work in a small-ish hospital in the ED. (I love it) I wanted more experience and more action:stone so I applied and was hired at a bigger hospital. I was told that with my level of experience it would probably take a while to get me oriented. (I only wanted to work PRN at this hospital) I thought "ok, fine" and started my orientation. That was (I am humiliated to say) back in november. Granted, when I started I was only orienting for 1 day per week. My preceptor coordinator told me I needed to commit to 2 days per week of orientation to get me through. I have been working 4-5 days per week since the begining of January. I am so exhausted that I just want to quit. I thought that I would be done this week, but my preceptor coordinator called to schedule my next few WEEKS of ORIENTATION.
I can't keep working like this. I really like both places. I am more loyal to the smaller one-and it pays a helluvalot better too.
I asked for specific's on what I need to work on and was just told "with your level of experience we feel it is better for you to have a good orientation"
I KNOW that I am fairly inexperienced. BELIEVE me. But in my home hospital I am doing fine. I take really critical pt's there with just a little twinge of fear (I don't think that will ever change) But my self esteem in this new hospital is knocking me down. I'm trying not to act afraid, but the longer they keep my orienting the stupider
How long is a good orientation? What is it that you preceptors look for? What makes you think someone is "ready" to go out on their own?
lemme have it...
Feb 12, '07
I can't help but think of the Travelers at my hospital and how they are given only one day on the floor for orientation and expected to function fine after that...LOL
I think you understand yourself well. Trust your own feelings about the orientation marathon.
I agree, call them on it, find out the goals, if tangible, you can satisfy to pass orientation, 'cause this sounds just plain mean ;-(
I can remember sitting down with my two managers and their telling me specifically I was too unsafe to start..."you need to give Kaexelate to a patient that has a high K (pt refused, K was above 6 LOL)..." and other problems; I just think your being an experienced RN, you should be the one that says enough is enough I'm ready, I don't need to be on orientation anymore!
Ps...I know this is kooky, but perahaps your preceptor is a bit of a bully or power monger? Anyway, good luck!
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 12, '07