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Does Anybody Know About The Orientation Prog At Cooper And Lourdes. How Do They Treat New Grads And How Are Their Orientations Are They Long Enough, If Any
I am actually a nurse at Lourdes, but unfortunately I'm only somewhat familiar with the orientation of new grads to the critical care units: PCU, CC1, CC2. PCU is Lourdes' critical care step-down unit, CC1 is the ICU, and CC2 is the CCU unit. Anyway, I have been there for 5 years, but I have heard from the new grads that their orientation process has changed a bit.
As for how long the orientation process is for new grads, I know that if you feel that if you need more time to orient, as long as you speak with your manager, they are more than willing to provide you with a bit more time on orientation. Although the managers would like you to work on the floor as soon as orientation is done, they won't put you out there if you still feel uncomfortable. Also, I heard that they changed their orientation classes. Now, they're making new nurses take a critical care course, a ventilator course, among a few other courses.
As for how new grads are treated...I'm a night shift girl, so the other senior nurses and I always look out for the new grads. As long as you're helpful and friendly, you'll be fine. CC1 and CC2 are great units to work on. They both have a lot of knowledgable nurses working there. You should stay away from PCU, though. I've worked there and it's too crazy there. Not enough help and a lot of patients (up to 4 on days and nights). Hope this helps!