Practical Nursing Orientation Day

Happy Friday, y’all! Today’s post is going to be about how orientation day went and my thoughts on the day, as a whole. I will say that I am excited and grateful to be in this nursing program! Now let’s get into this post. 🙂

8:00 a.m. – Welcome 

So this was the time to introduce ourselves and for the instructors to introduce themselves and give a little background about themselves. It did start a bit late, but it went by pretty fast. I will say that I was nervous entering the room because the vibe in the room was a bit tense with nervousness and overall seriousness, but once we got more comfortable, the tension did go down a whole lot. 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m – Nursing Uniforms 

Here we were taking into the nursing break room to meet with the man that is part of the uniform center where we get our uniforms and supplies. I, however, had already been paying for my uniform because I had a fellow colleague tell me that she recommends paying it before hand so it’ll be a cost less (which is very true!) and so I decided to start paying mine off before (and have fully paid it off now) I start class. I also noticed that the supplies are way cheaper online than in person and from that store so I will be purchasing all my supplies and shoes from allheart.com and this will help me save some money even if it’s a little bit, especially with their back-to-school sale going on right now as I write this post! So if you want to save some money on supplies, I definitely recommend this site! 

Registration & Fingerprinting

Once all the talk about the uniforms and supplies was done (it only took a couple minutes), our instructors took that time to register us to our Fundamentals class and do fingerprinting. I had already gotten my fingerprint done before orientation day and again, another cost less to be made the day of and I went to go put the down payment and I got my schedule so I could get my ID done at the library and while there I also paid for my parking decal and once I did all that, I went back to the class room to see what we were going to do next.

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.- Drug Screening

So the next thing we did was the drug screening process and this one actually took the longest out of everything we did because it is a time consuming process and there was a good about of students (45) and we split in groups of two. Once it was all done, it was pretty easy and quick and again, we all went back to the classroom.

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. – PowerPoint Orientation/Flash Drive 

This is the time when we had a powerpoint presentation of the rules and regulations and what they expect and a run-down of what will be happening and where we can find the resources we need and once that was over, we were called down by row and we got that powerpoint and all the forms and handbooks, everything important put into the flash drive we brought with us.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Basic Life Support (CPR) 

During this time, those that needed to take the CPR class had to stay and get a run-down of CPR (majority had taken the class, but had not gotten certified) and then we took a test on it and once done, we had to go and get our documents checked to see what we needed to bring by August 1st. 

So that was a look at what we did on Orientation day and the whole process. I will say that it was a bit draining with doing so much since early in the morning, but it was fun, I did enjoy it and I enjoyed meeting all the classmates and instructors.

I’m excited to start this new academic chapter and I know it will be challenging and stressful, but I’ll put my best foot forward and give it my very best. I know this is what I want to do and I will not let the stress put me back from reaching and achieving my end goal.

If you’ve recently gotten accepted into nursing school or are working towards getting into nursing school, know that you can do this and you’ll become a great nurse and it’ll all be worth it in the end, don’t ever give up, it’ll be hard, but you can and will make it! 🙂

Are you in nursing school? 

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