My first week of orientation has finally come to an end. It was a new experience for me. I have never had an orientation to a hospital so there were lots of things to learn and that were new to me. Outpatient and Inpatient is very different, so I had to switch my mind over to inpatient care.
Each day was packed full with various lecturers and activities. The first two days were the generic orientation to the hospital -- going over the basics like benefits, payroll, eating locations, how to clock in and out, etc. Of course we also talked about teamwork, diversity in the workplace, and the culture of OHSU. It was very informative. I'm looking forward to joining the healthcare team at OHSU and participating in all the wonderful ways they care for the community.
Wednesday and Thursday was for nurses. The training was geared towards nursing -- how to operate their IV pumps, equipment, restraints, etc. We also were trained on many different point of care tests (POCT). POCTs consist of tests that can be run by a nurse at the patient's bedside, i.e. blood glucose, H&H, strep test, pregnancy test, urinalysis, stat troponin and chemistries levels, etc. It was very interesting and I learned a lot and was happy to have "hands on" activities. These skills will be used all the time in the ER so I will get lots of practice.
On Friday all the nurses took core competency assessment tests specific to the units we would be working on to test our knowledge and skill level in those areas. I took the critical care competency test. It gave 3 case scenarios that I had to go through. They will analyze it and it is used as a tool to give the unit educators and preceptors an idea of what needs to be focused on during orientation.
Speaking of unit orientation, I will be starting my first shift in the ER this Monday (in 2 days). My schedule is kind of crazy for the next 2 months as I will be working various shifts (7p-730am, 3p-330am, 1p-130am, 7a-730p). I just hope my body can keep adjusting to all the different time zones I will be operating in. Eek. This will be first time ever doing a night shift...so I hope I will be able to get through it.
I'm nervous about starting in the ER just because of all the stuff I need to learn and know how to do. I have a huge learning curve ahead of me and I am praying that God will help me not get overwhelmed and just help me step by step. Pray for me!