How much starting knowledge do I need?

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I've been a nurse a bit over 5 years, and just accepted a WIS float position. I'm wondering what knowledge I need going in to this position. I don't want to look stupid, I don't remember ANYTHING from nursing school. Normal FHR? No idea. Normal kicks per hour? No idea.

So, should I study up a bit? I don't even have a nursing book left over!

Thanks.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,297 Posts

What types of patients will you be taking care of? Is it mother/baby? L&D? High risk antepartum? Three very different areas, and it would be helpful to know what area you will be working in. As a float nurse with no previous experience, I would guess it will be M/B.

A_Flood87

A_Flood87

17 Posts

It's float so it will be antepartum, L&D, and postpartum

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,297 Posts

You're going to float to L&D without any previous L&D experience?

A_Flood87

A_Flood87

17 Posts

No its a WIS float position which the new hires are going to be trained for a full 17 weeks for all 3 units. I'm just asking what baseline knowledge I should have going in there

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,297 Posts

Ah. If you are receiving 4 months of orientation, then I wouldn't worry about having any baseline knowledge. They will teach you what they want you to know.