Loving orientation!

  1. I have just started my orientation as a new grad in a level 3 NICU and I have to say it has been the most enjoyable couple of days so far! I feel so lucky to have such a great job in a wonderful facility with people who are absolutely amazing and willing to teach and respect me even as a newbie. The pace has been set in a way that makes me eager to try new things instead of feeling overwhelmed and afraid. There really are places out there that want to teach you properly and want you to be successful and comfortable with what you are doing! I can vouch for it! I believe that all nurses should be oriented this way and it really is a shame when it doesn't work out the way mine has been so far. I just wanted to tell everyone out there that although anxiety is common when starting a new job, sometimes the people there make all the difference! I couldn't thank my unit enough and can't wait to be a more functional member of their team that I am sincerely honored to be a part of!
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    Joined: Mar '11; Posts: 12; Likes: 14
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    Specialty: NICU


  3. by   CherylRNBSN
    Yep, this is a sure sign you are getting an appropriate orientation.

    I have had both varieties. The difference is...amazing. Good for your institution, and good for you!

  4. by   SarcasticLVN
    That's awesome for you! I work Ltc and though nicu is much much different, harder etc my orientation was a wonderful experience too.. the nurses i worked with wanted to help and explained everything every step of the way and my administrator nurses are awesome to, they will jump into anything with me. Every facility should be like that lol.
  5. by   Orange Tree
    I hope your "honeymoon" phase is a long one
  6. by   samadams8
    Well, I wish you well, and I hope you have a good, supportive team and objective leadership. I would have even taken a pay cut to have those things. Interestingly, one of the places where I worked, where I feel we had the best intensive care team, we were paid fairly well compared with other teaching hospitals in the city. Unfortunately, the upper nursing administration was not as cool as the team with which I worked. But they couldn't screw us as much, b/c mostly our team worked well together. I think this ****** upper mgt off. Divide and conquer with certain administrations is all about divide and control. So if the teams are tight and supportive of each other, it's a lot harder to incorporate the sabotage and other underhanded junk. I am not at all bitter. I know leadership is a hard job, but there are just too many that either learn how to do it poorly (b/c it is what they uppers really want), or they just don't give a crap about their people. Yes, I know you can't please everyone, and there are things that must be done that are mandated; but it doesn't have to be about screwing people over. Makes you wonder if this is an unspoken course that is given when folks go into management. Hey, as long as it looks good on the surface, forget what's real, right?

    So, again, here's hoping your team and leadership is really balanced and top-notched. If you get to work in a place like that, CHERISH IT, b/c sadly you will not find it everywhere.