I am a new travel nurse, I’ll be starting my first contract soon. I’m nervous and excited but most of all, I am curious to know what to expect during Travel Nurse Orientation? Will It be like a normal hospital orientation?
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Travel nurse orientation is very unpredictable. Do not expect it to be anything close to a ‘normal’ hospital orientation. As a travel nurse, we are expected to jump in immediately and assist during periods of high census or low staffing. Because of this, orientation is not a priority.
Personally, I have experienced anything from a full-blown hospital orientation lasting 3 days to walking onto the floor my first day and given my patient load and told where to go to receive report. Each hospital is different. Some things that you ‘may’ expect:
- Computer Training – this can consist of nothing more than obtaining your passwords/ID’s, a self-taught course, or days of classroom training.
- Policies and Procedures – this could be as simple as being shown where to find the resources to full days of classroom general hospital orientation. I’ve also experienced times where I received nothing and had to seek out these resources on my own while working on the floor.
- Skills Testing – Many hospitals will require some sort of testing on arrival. This may include dosage calculations, unit specific testing, hands-on skills check-off’s. This varies greatly.
- Floor orientation – Again, you may or may not receive floor orientation. Most hospitals that I have worked in have given at least one day of floor orientation where I would work with a staff nurse and share a load for a shift or two.
- Crash Cart
- Emergency policies/procedures, codes and numbers
- Procedure for calling a code
- How to reach MD
- Tour of unit: med room, supplies, emergency exits, oxygen, equipment, etc.
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