-What length of orientation did you have?
-Were there specific ER classroom time or general nursing classes? How many hours would you estimate?
Cardiac dysrhythmia class x 2 days, ACLS, PALS
-What is your experience? (10 years med-surg or new grad)
I was a new grad with experience as an ER tech while in nursing school
- How long ago was your orientation period? (like was it 33 years ago or just last year?)
Then here are some questions about your ER:
-What is your current patient to nurse ratio?
1:3 or 1:4 in acute areas, we don't have assignments in minor acute, just pick up...usually 1:5 to 1:8
- What type of ancillary help do you have if any?
ED techs (EKG's, straight sticks-no lines, transport to tests, assist with traumas) and Paramedics (lines, US lines, help with traumas, transport to tele floors)
- What tasks do they do?
- Can you send squads to triage?
- Do you have protocols?
We get pt's started without orders, line, labs, EKG's if needed, urine, basic meds-zofran etc.