Nursing job orientations can last anywhere from a couple weeks to 7 or 8 months. The length of a nursing job orientation depends on where you work. During an orientation, you will be assigned a preceptor or mentor to guide you through the process. Some programs assign you to only one preceptor/mentor, and others give you several. They will be responsible for teaching you directly, and guide you through the orientation process. The orientation will cover a lot of information in a short amount of time, so it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed. You will go over your job benefits, facility procedures, the computer system, incident reporting, and more. You may think that the length of your orientation is enough to learn all of this. For most new nurses, this is not the case. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there to help. You can use these websites and articles to get start:
- 50 Things New Nurses Need to Know About Orientation is a great resource at AllNurses written by an experienced RN.
- NurseTogether wrote a similar resource with 10 tips on being successful during a new nurse orientation.
- This article by a nurse at the Lippincott NursingCenter really showcases the struggles and feelings of a new nurse.
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