New Nurse Orientation


Hello All,

I will be starting a new job in 2 weeks, although I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity I am also feeling very nervous and overwhelmed! I have graduated from my program in 2014 and finally had written and passed my exam in 2015. After many months of job hunting I have now landed a position.

My main concern is that I may not be able to keep up during orientation due to not having any hands on practice in the last 2 years. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with tips that would allow me to feel more prepared. I have decide to read up on basic nursing skills/procedures. Medication administration/ assessment, vitals etc.

I just feel lost in what to expect. I do understand I will have a preceptor. But exactly how much am I expected to work alone?

What topics do you suggest I review? Also, any othe advice or tips you have will be greatly appreciated.

thank you!

dishes, BSN, RN

3,950 Posts

You are on the right track reviewing nursing skills, medications and health assessment, also suggest you review charting assessments, use an interactive website such as; free nurse tutor com assessment nursing process charting.

loriangel14, RN

6,931 Posts

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Congratulations on finding a job. What kind of unit are you going to be working on?


7 Posts

Thank you !- post op unit

loriangel14, RN

6,931 Posts

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

That's great. Expect to see drains, IV fluids and dressings. You will develop good assessment skills and pain management will also be important.