Full speed ahead
By nursekc on February 14, 2012
Two days of new hire orientation down…four more to go. The first day was typical of any new job orientation. We went over the hospitals foundation, values, & mission. We also learned about the benefits the hospital offers to their employees. I am super excited about getting health insurance, especially considering I haven’t had any for the past two years!
Today we talked about infection control, falls precautions, HIPPA laws, skin care, & restraints. We finished off the afternoon with a 45 question med calculation math test. Thankfully we were able to use a calculator and “any reference material used in practice.” I brought my med-math book, my drug book, & my conversion cheat sheet. :-)
The next two days I’ll be sitting in front of a computer all day, learning how to use the electronic medical records system. Then on Friday I have Nursing Orientation Day 1. This weekend will be my last weekend working with my old folks at the nursing home. :-( Then it’s back to the hospital on Monday for Nursing Orientation Day 2. Tuesday finishes up orientation with our clinical experience orientation.
I found out who my preceptor will be for the next 12 weeks but I didn’t get to meet her since she works nights. I also received my schedule and guess what? I jump right in & start Wednesday night! I am SO excited to start. However, I got to thinking about it & I realized that Tuesday will be my 9th day in a row of working day shift…then I start working night shift the very next day. I’ve got to figure out how to switch from days to nights in the span of approximately 24 hours. Any suggestions?
I guess I can try to stay up as late as possible on Tuesday, which will be a challenge after working 9 days straight. Or maybe I’ll go to bed early, sleep a couple of hours, get up early & take a long nap Wednesday afternoon. I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out. Worst case scenario: I spend my first night at work chugging coffee. Maybe they should consider having a standing order for a PRN dose of adrenalin for new nurses…