OK all, you have welcomed me so nicely, but now I need your help.
I am writing this to vent and ask for any and all help with my dilema. I started this week as a new grad in L&D. I really like woman's health so I paid extra attention during my clinical rotations in school. I loved them. So why is this so dissapointing?
First off, I was told I was hired for L&D, I find out that where we work will be discussed at the end of our first leg of rotation, about six weeks from now.
Second off, I was told orrientation would last three months. I find out I will not be taking care of patients on my own, no preceptor untill January next year.
Third, I was told that I would be given indepth orientation in my area, L&D. I find out that after it is decided where I will go I will be given a seven week orientation there, then float for 3 weeks for more orientation MBU, 2 weeks nursery then back to MBU for another two weeks. This is after a three week class room experience learning about adult health basic new grad orientation, which again is after a two week orientation in each area including NICU. sounds a bit different from what I was originnally told.
Told they don't hire for 10 and 12 hour shifts. Find out another new grad has a 12 hour shift agreement. Of course her mom is an nursing administrator, and she mentions this at least every hour and to evey new person she runs into. Very competative with me as well. Also says the educator we are with is like her aunt, known her all her life. So any time I ask intelegent questions they look an smirk at eachother. Other new grad, my friend noticed this, she felt I was being singled out.
Told that they support education. Find out they discourage new grads from attending conferences and lectures. They don't want us picking up any extra info.
And the kicker!!!! Before we are officially RNLPs (we don't have the letter stating we can practice under a RN yet) we are to start doing assessments (as a tech) and a RN will log on to the computer so we can chart it. Ummm a little illegal, impersonating a nurse????
This is on top of an obviously undereducated staff, heard many horror stories, staff looks like they are so unhappy no one says hello, or even looks like they like their job, mandatory OT, educator doesn't even have BSN and complained most of the day about someone or something. They actually did a delivery in the hallway, lack of space. Has been threatened by health dept for close down. Very unfriendly. Questionable policies and safety.
I turned down a better opportunity in a city hospital for this.
And of course didn't know about all this, until I started working there.
This is all in one week. Should i give it more time, am I being too idealistic?
Or how fast should I get out???? and do I ever mention working at this place???
May 23, '03
Coleen said it best. Use that gut instinct. It is not necessarily true that nurses eat their young.
Find a place that treasures you and nurtures you. Get written agreements as to your orientation etc.
It is difficult to orientate when the census is so high you are using the hallways...........
Last edit by Zinnia on May 23, '03