Hi everyone! I am orienting a new nurse who graduated with a BSN over 9 months ago and by choice had not pursued a nursing career until now. We are in an ICU. Orientees get a total of 16 weeks orientation. This includes 2 weeks of corporate and 2 weeks of unit based classes. My orientee has now finished their 1st week at the bedside. So, 8 patients and 4 12 hour shifts. We have taken the lowest acuity I could possibly find, no oxygen, one medication, no lines, no tubes. Seriously easy. She will not give report to other nurses at the end of the shift. She will not talk with the doctors on rounds. She will not call the doctors with questions or clarifications. She states she is afraid she will mess up or look stupid. I have assured her that I will be right there at every interaction and that I will make sure that everything is properly communicated and that no one will be mean to her. She is in safe environment where learning occurs everyday. We are very well supported. Still she refuses. Her communication with staff, patients, and families regarding non clinical topics is wonderful. My question is: do you think my expectations to begin to communicate with her colleagues with regard to patient related issues is too soon? Are my expectations too high? Sorry about the long post, I just wanted to give background info. Thanks for reading!