how to succeed in orientation?


i am interested in tips on how to survive orientation i was hired as new grad and at the end was told i was not a good fit i was just wondering what are tips i can do to make sure that my future new experience goes well and that i am not set up for failure by horrible preceptors that ambush you in front of management and plain just dont train you. thanks

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

OMG - not again . I hope they didn't wait until the very end to tell you that you didn't meet their expectations. I am a (very experienced) nurse educator and I believe that this is the absolute worst thing that can happen to a new grad. I am appalled that it happens so frequently. It can be a crushing blow that has a profoundly damaging effect.

The keys to a successful orientation are: transparency & continuous feedback. You need to have a written copy of all the criteria that will be used to evaluate your performance, including the time frames & deadlines for accomplishing these goals. You should also be provided with regularly scheduled feedback so you are aware of; 1) what you have accomplished, 2) what still needs to be accomplished and, 3) a review of the plan (with timelines) for getting it done. If your performance or behavior has not met expectations, you need to be informed of this in a timely manner so that you can make changes as required - such as increasing your effort or seeking additional training.

So, for your next job - ask for these things. Organizations without a clearly defined orientation program are not good places to work. They tend to substitute "opinion" for data-driven performance evaluation so everything hinges upon how much your preceptor 'likes' you. Don't put yourself into that situation again.

I am so sorry you were treated this way.


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thanks for your feedback i will definitely take what you said to heart looking back this would have definitely helped and fyi i got no feedback as to what to do just was told on my last day your not a good fit :(