How much orientation?

by loriangel14 loriangel14, RN Member Expert Nurse

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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Closed Account 12345

Closed Account 12345

Has 17 years experience. 296 Posts

I'd personally request 2 non-clinical days where you can orient yourself to facility policies, equipment, resident charts, look up the common medications you aren't familiar with (since that's just not feasible in real time with 27 residents), etc. Then, even if you get a crappy clinical orientation, you can probably figure out the resident care aspects of the job pretty quickly with your 10 years of acute care experience.

If they'd begrudge you 2 non-clinical shifts to familiarize yourself with the facility, its resources and residents, I'd be leery of the job in general.

LTCs are notoriously bad at orienting nurses, but since it's your license and people's safety on the line, I say challenge the system.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative. 6,923 Posts

I quit already lol.