Nursing School Orientation

Once you receive your acceptance letter into a nursing program and information about orientation dates. Schools have different names for their orientation programs. Some of the names I’ve heard are, Adaptathon, Taking Flight, and just plain old Nursing School Orientation. This time will help you become familiar with the nursing school, its policies, and procedures, and a productive learning environment.

Usually orientation lasts for about two weeks but the first day is always the longest. You should definitely dress comfortably because you will be one your feet for a long time.  Attire should include a comfortable jogging suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Shoes can be flip flops to tennis shoes. You have already been accepted and have gone through the interview process so there is no need to come dressed to impress. Don’t dress like a bum with an unorganized look, but you don’t want to be focused on how tight your belt is while trying to pay attention during orientation. Plus you will most likely purchase all the books needed for the rest of your nursing school courses. I had to make two trips to my car just to get all the books and supplies.

There is an immense amount of information presented. The processing of your picture identification for admittance to the hospitals, clinics and the ordering of the Community and School of Nursing uniform and course materials are the most important aspects of this first day. This orientation will most likely not be repeated for anyone unable to attend so it is imperative that you not schedule anything else to do for that day.

Over the first couple of days, you will mostly get to meet and greet your fellow classmates and instructors. A schedule instructing you what days and times will be given to everyone. There is no choosing what days or times you want to attend class. Most nursing schools tell you when and where to show up. A list of supplies should have been given to you. It is imperative that you get all the supplies that are needed in order to assist your nursing school path. Here is a list of must needed supplies for beginning nursing school.

  1. Scrubs
  2. Comfortable nursing shoes
  3. Black ink pens
  4. Bandage  scissors
  5. Pen light
  6. Stethoscope
  7. Second hand watch
  8. Drug guide
  9. Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff)
  10. Small spiral notebook

Being prepared is essential to the rest of your journey in nursing school.  Make sure that you have completed all necessary paper work such as background checks,  immunizations, CPR certification and hospital waivers. On the first day of orientations, you will experience fear, anxiety and excitement. There will be a lot of information given out and lots of new people for you to meet. Try to relax and enjoy the rest of your nursing school courses.

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