Quote from hgraves64
Care to share any personal experiences with Traveler orientations? Good, bad, expected, or...?
My first assignment, I had (if I remember correctly) 2 shifts of orientation to the floor. Then, the second week that I was there, I came in one morning to find that they expected me to be charge nurse that day - surprise! I also floated to 2 other floors - no orientation on either floor.
Next assignment was more generous. I got 3 shifts of orientation on the floor (but my preceptor kept wandering off). I was expected to float to 3 other floors, and I got a half day orientation on 2 out of the 3 before floating for the first time.
Thats pretty much the norm, in my experience - 2 to 3 shifts on the floor and then you are set loose. After all, they hired a traveler because they needed another nurse ASAP.
The first travel assignment is always a learning curve - now you know more about what questions to ask before you get there, and you will get used to flying by the seat of your pants.