Orientation for new to practice RNs on med-surg hospital units.

By Kelly Marsh posted 20 days ago

  
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10 days ago

I had two weeks on days and two weeks on nights. I was asked in my interview how long I think I needed to be up to FULL SPEED. I told them I thought at least three months. (I had a horrible experience with clinicals  i. e. really fending for myself). They told me I had 4 weeks. I’ve been at this company for two years. I’ve learned a lot because of the complex disease processes that we get, but I’m happy to be leaving. Very unsupportive environment for me.

10 days ago

I had two weeks on days and two weeks on nights. I was asked in my interview how long I think I needed to be up to FULL SPEED. I told them I thought at least three months. (I had a horrible experience with clinicals  i. e. really fending for myself). They told me I had 4 weeks. I’ve been at this company for two years. I’ve learned a lot because of the complex disease processes that we get, but I’m happy to be leaving. Very unsupportive environment for me.

10 days ago

I had two weeks on days and two weeks on nights. I was asked in my interview how long I think I needed to be up to FULL SPEED. I told them I thought at least three months. (I had a horrible experience with clinicals  i. e. really fending for myself). They told me I had 4 weeks. I’ve been at this company for two years. I’ve learned a lot because of the complex disease processes that we get, but I’m happy to be leaving. Very unsupportive environment for me.

13 days ago

I am a new nurse and had a 12 week orientation - 6 weeks on day shift, 6 weeks on overnight shift. There was an opportunity to reduce this time if  the new hire and preceptors felt the new hire was ready, and also an opportunity to have a longer orientation if new hire and/or preceptor felt that was needed (and with no feelings of inadequacy, and with an understanding of simply needing more time). I thought this was ideal and feel very lucky to be working in this environment.

16 days ago

I’m at a rural health hospital working on a med surg floor. My orientation was 2 weeks. However, this is not the norm. I’m not sure why my orientation was so short. Possibly because they were extremely short staffed. We also have a nurse residency program that is mandatory for all recent graduates that is once a month that lasts for a year.

18 days ago

I'm at a medium-sized (for Iowa) hospital and we had 2 months with a preceptor. As a completely brand-new nurse with only CNA experience behind me, I felt that a longer "apprenticeship" style relationship with an experienced nurse would have been better.  Not that I needed someone with me 24/7, but a weekly check-in and designated advisor on each shift would have reduced my stress and improved my practice.

19 days ago

Hi Marsh, i am currently a new RN , with four years as LPN in Nursing home setting , recently started my full time job as RN in Med- surg floor in Hospital at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn NY. they gave me 3 months orientation , however by 6 weeks i felt confident to be on my own, due the fact really i have nursing experience. please take your time and voice when you dont things.

20 days ago

For those of you in a hospital setting: Can you share what is the normal usual length of "on the floor with preceptor" orientation for new to practice nurses on your med/surg units?