My first day!

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Specializes in Geriatrics.

Mt first day on the floor for orientation was great! I thought that I would either be A.) Stuck watching someone do everything and taking notes or B.) would be used to get done faster. Neither happened. The nurse showed me where everything was, who I needed to chart on, where the treatment cart was, where to find monthly comprehensive assessments, where to find weekly skin assessments and then put me right on the cart. It was scary at first but he was by my side 60% of the time double checking everything I was doing. I did start to make a few mistakes that he caught, but it was mostly nerves. My first med pass took 3 hours, then we took lunch, and then came back and did all the diabetics. Then he had me start on my night meds... I finished that at 11pm! Then I had treatments, the assessments, and charting. I didn't get out till 2am! He said that will be pretty typical at first... he usually gets out at 12am and has been there for 3 years. I don't mind, I like OT :D. So yeah.... first day was really great. I am really impressed with how organized this place is and how great the nurses are! :)

stoked for you. nursing is amazing. brace yourself emotionally and physically for the next 6 months, it is no joke. good luck.

Specializes in PACU, OR.

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Most excellent. :)

Specializes in Pediatrics and geriatrics.

Glad to hear you had a great first day!!! :)

Wendy LPN

Good for you!

Specializes in ICU.
Mt first day on the floor for orientation was great! I thought that I would either be A.) Stuck watching someone do everything and taking notes or B.) would be used to get done faster. Neither happened. The nurse showed me where everything was, who I needed to chart on, where the treatment cart was, where to find monthly comprehensive assessments, where to find weekly skin assessments and then put me right on the cart. It was scary at first but he was by my side 60% of the time double checking everything I was doing. I did start to make a few mistakes that he caught, but it was mostly nerves. My first med pass took 3 hours, then we took lunch, and then came back and did all the diabetics. Then he had me start on my night meds... I finished that at 11pm! Then I had treatments, the assessments, and charting. I didn't get out till 2am! He said that will be pretty typical at first... he usually gets out at 12am and has been there for 3 years. I don't mind, I like OT :D. So yeah.... first day was really great. I am really impressed with how organized this place is and how great the nurses are! :)

Glad you are liking it. you meant OVERTIME when you said OT, right? just be careful. clarify it with management. it sounds like incidental overtime, and they don't usually like it. Incidental overtime is unproductive time. at my workplace, people with lots of it get called in to the manager's office frequently.

Specializes in Geriatrics.
Glad you are liking it. you meant OVERTIME when you said OT, right? just be careful. clarify it with management. it sounds like incidental overtime, and they don't usually like it. Incidental overtime is unproductive time. at my workplace, people with lots of it get called in to the manager's office frequently.

Yes I meant over time. I would never try to stay late, just most have said as a new nurse I should expect it. I will def make sure this is okay (although, how could it not if I HAVE to have everything done).

And thank you!

Specializes in Geriatrics.

Thank you, everone! :lol2:

Congratulations. I'm a new grad myself and haven't had that experience yet... of getting that far in the applying/interviewing process. Did you know someone to get your job or was it just the luck of the draw? Did you work in LTC in another role prior to becoming a nurse?

Again, I'm so happy for you - right now, you're the needle in the haystack!

Specializes in OB, Peds, Med Surg and Geriatric Nsg.
Congratulations. I'm a new grad myself and haven't had that experience yet... of getting that far in the applying/interviewing process. Did you know someone to get your job or was it just the luck of the draw? Did you work in LTC in another role prior to becoming a nurse?

Again, I'm so happy for you - right now, you're the needle in the haystack!

Its hard to get jobs as a new nurse in the Philly area. You just gotta be patient and show them that you are very willing to learn as much as you can. I live at NEPA. There are plenty of jobs here and some would take new grads (common in SNF/LTC)

Specializes in Wound Care, LTC, Sub-Acute, Vents.

yay...:cheers:

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