Ahhh, my hospital orientation is over. It has been a long week, but at the same time - it went by rather quickly. I got my schedule today - it covers the next 5 weeks. I'll be working two 12-hr shifts a week & have one day of class a week for new grads. I guess that's about 32 hrs a week. My first official day with patients is this Sunday night. I will be shadowing my preceptor (I think). Then on my second day I'll have more responsibilities. I'm a little scared which is probably normal. I can't wait for the day where it all just feels like second nature. I should (hopefully) pick it up rather quickly since I have had 2 years of clinicals during school at this hospital.
In our class there are only 4 of us - Gina, Tami & some guy on med-surg who is also a physical therapist. I have no idea why he would rather be a nurse than a physical therapist, but he is. He's pretty amusing - I think his name is Sonny. Class should be interesting & fun since my two "classmates" will be with me through it all. Tami scheduled her nclex exam for Feb 16. Gina & I are scheduled for Feb 28. We wanted to see how Tami did first. A couple of other classmates are taking it soon also. I'm so curious to see how they do. I just want it over with, but I didn't want to schedule it any sooner because I feel like I need to study a lot more first.
I saw my second semester instructor this morning - Mrs. Tucker. It was the first day of orientation for her new class. Ahhhh, the memories. It wasn't too long ago that I was a part of that. It's neat to look back & see how much we've learned after only a year & a half.
That's about all for now.
p.s. For the record, I don't believe the hype about the Brad/Jen separation. I think it's all a front so the pressure to have a baby is off of them. Gina disagrees - but we shall see what happens. As in everything - only time will tell.