Orientation, RN

When do I Start?

Some friends and family members have wanted to know when I will “actually start working”.  I have to laugh when I hear this because let me tell you – I have started working.  Anyone who thinks that sitting for 8 1/2 hours in a warm, stuffy room listening to people go on and on about stuff you really already know, but the hospital is required to tell you for legal purposes, is work.  It takes a lot of effort to stay awake!

But, for those of you who want to know when I’ll start functioning in the traditional role as a nurse, well, I finally have an answer.  We received a schedule for the next 30 days and, according to that, I’ll start working on either the psychiatric or the urgent care floor this Wednesday.  Remember, the program I’m in rotates its new RNs to all of the units at the hospital for a period of 12 weeks.  After that period of time, I’ll be on a permanent unit depending on my likes/dislikes and where the needs are.

In addition to getting a schedule for the next 30 days, I was also excited to learn that I’ll be working days for the next month.  I’m not looking forward to doing the 11:30pm – 8:00am shifts, but at least I won’t have to deal with them for a few more weeks 🙂

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