Remember orientation?

  1. Hi all,
    I was just accepted into nursing school,and have to go to orientation on Thursday. I want to hear from those who have already gone thru it so my question is do any of you remember your orientation and what happened,what did you talk about, how long did it last, or anything you can remember. What supplies they said you needed for class and if you had to have money when you went to orientation? Thanks
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  3. by   landonsles
    I'm sure that every school's orientation is different, but I will share my experience. I had my own orientation as well as helped out with two others during NS. Ours lasted about 3 1/2-4 hrs. We talked about tips for success, rules/policies, had a good uniform/bad uniform display, talked extensively about SNA, had door prizes, and then opened the floor to questions. We also made a trip to the bookstore to purchase our books. I would take your checkbook b/c you will need money if you decide to join SNA and/or buy your books, plus there might be a uniform company representative there to sell uniforms (usually at some sort of discount). Also--the orientations at my college included CPR after the general stuff, but only if you pre-registered for it.
    Hope this helps you!
    Good luck
  4. by   Megsd
    My orientation was last Thursday (for accelerated BSN). It lasted from 9-4. We had a greeting session with doughnuts, coffee and juice, took tours of campus, the school of nursing, and the medical sciences library, had lunch (I love when people feed me), got a tutorial of the computing services and how to use our PDAs, met our faculty (most of whom ate lunch with us) and had Q&A at the end. Most of us went to the bookstore after orientation and stopped by the school office to pick up our clinical passes.

    It was kind of a long day, but there was a lot of information for us to absorb. They did recommend we bring money if we went to the bookstore, and since the faculty were there, they told us what we needed to bring to class. One even passed out the syllabus there.
  5. by   ladyinred667
    We had a sort of welcome meeting two days before the actual orientation. During the 'welcome' they had 3rd semester students talk to us a bit about their experiences, and answer any questions we had. They also introduced the faculty.

    During actual orientation, we went over the book list, the 'frontloading' schedule for the next few weeks, and what is generally expected of us. They told us we were required to buy and bring the syllabus and then when we got there they said we could print it online! My suggestion is that if you are required to bring any of your books, etc, do not take them out of the wrapper, just in case you need to return them. Also, our SNA membership is included in our tuition. Money might not be a bad idea just in case.

    Good luck!
  6. by   iHeartNICU
    We had a complete week of orientation. Yes, a full week from 9-4. Way too long. We had tours of the school, library, labs, computer labs. We had to take a safety test, a math test, and a HIPAA test. We got our IDs, parking permits, lockers. We had a chance to buy books if we wanted. We had a Q & A session with the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th semester students. The faculty talked a ton about how hard NS was and how we would basically have no outside life and to go ahead and tell our loved ones that we love them and see you in two years. (This however has not been my experience after completing one year. Although we were busy, I had plenty of family & my own time). We went over uniforms and policies and procedures. We had people from financial aid come talk to us as well as couseling services, health clinic services, and lots of other things available to us. We palyed some get to know the school and get to know everyone else games with door prizes. TONS of info. That week was kinda a blur. I would say yes bring money for parking permit, ID, books, snacks (we were provided lunch), and anything else that may come along. Other than that I just brought myself and a pen. Good luck and have fun.
  7. by   ladyinred667
    They basically told us too that we would have no lives, and that it would be really difficult to work more than 20 hours a week, and even that would be pushing it after awhile. Well, I don't know what world they live in, but my world has bills in it!