It’s August, and it’s officially back to school season in my area! The universities and colleges start their first day of school this coming Monday, including my school!
I originally intended to write this post last night after school and work, but I was entirely way to tired so here it in the morning.
Yesterday, I had to attend my nursing program’s mandatory orientation.
It is mandatory in the sense that if you do not attend the orientation you cannot enroll in the nursing classes. So it’s a big deal and not something you can just casually skip. They had a sign in sheet as well.
It was scheduled to run from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and the dress code was business casual.
And now, to my actual orientation day run down!
So, my morning actually started off really rough. Although I woke up on time and was ready to leave my house on time, as soon as I left my house and started driving towards the campus it started pouring rain. And with the amount of rain coming down, a lot of the roads started flooding and there was very little visibility. Luckily I made it to campus without any problems except for one. I left my umbrella at work the night before.
I had to run from my car to the building in pouring rain, and the street in front of the school was flooded. When I made it inside, I was completely soak from my hair to my shoes.
Safe to say every person inside the orientation building probably wanted to take off their shoes because they got completely submerged in dirty street flood water. My fiancé has already offered to buy me rain boots because of how serious the flooding is on that street.
As soon as we came in, we were required to sign two sheets. One was verification and confirmation of a degree major change request form, and the second was a sign in sheet for the actual orientation. We were also required to put on name tags.
We were instructed to sit down at the tables in front of the folder that had our name on it.
Inside the folder there was a printed copy of the 2018 Nursing Student Handbook and several forms for the school such as general consent and release, HIPAA compliance training and a couple others.
The first two hours of the orientation was very simple. It initially started off with some of the faculty introducing themselves to us again, and we also found out which one would be our nursing advisor (changes for each student). We were told that the nursing advisor is basically there to help make sure the student is on track in the program and that the classes they’re signing up for actually count towards the degree audit. It’s to give students more resources for success within the program.
Our Dean went over the student handbook with us as well. This I found a bit long and tedious as in a prior email we were told to read through the handbook ourselves. But anyways, we went over and clarified things such as grading policy, dress code, satisfactory academic progress, and unsatisfactory clinical progress. Despite the number of questions they answered regarding dress code for the school’s clinical lab, we were still left confused. A lot of their answers didn’t really answer the question, and I think we’ll just have to ask again Monday.
Once we finished going over the handbook, we started some training videos. These covered topics such as HIPAA compliance, OSHA workplace safety for blood-borne pathogens, OSHA general workplace safety, OSHA back safety, and lastly safe disposal of biohazards materials. There was a quiz we were required to take after each video along with a signed form.
When we finished the first training video around 11AM, we were dismissed for lunch. We had until 12:30PM, so a group of us decided to go downtown and eat together. I honestly really enjoyed this part quite a bit because it helped me really get to know some of the classmates I will be with for the next two years, and we also got to discuss if any of us were taking any other classes together.
When we came back, we finished the rest of the videos.
After the videos, we were given our clinical bags.
The clinical bags are not bags that you take to your clinicals. Rather, they’re a tote with all of your clinical supplies for skills check off days. The bags have supplies in new packaging, so that when students are being tested on their clinical skills they are also being simulated to a work like environment were they may have to open packaging in ways to maintain sterility.
We were required to check the bags to make sure we had the correct supplies and amount of each, and then required to sign a form verifying the reception of these bags.
From there, the Dean also spoke about importance of LSBN approval for student licenses. She made it clear that you needed to have a student license number by Wednesday or else you would not be able to continue the class. There were a few people in our orientation group that still had not received their STU# so this was very important information to them.
We were also told that we would be printed special clinical ID badges that would not have our last names on them. They also mentioned that parking tags are a MUST for the nursing school. If you do not have a parking tag the car will be ticketed and/or towed with a fee of $200.
Lastly, the faculty took the time to explain how tests are done via scantron and what the scantron grading/results sheets look like. I actually found this part pretty informative because none of my teachers had ever given me a scantron results sheets before. It showed the correct answers versus your answers, and it also showed the percentage of responses for each answer choice for a given question and how many from the upper and lower 25% got it correct.
All in all, it was a very miserable start to day but it ended on a pretty good note. I’m pretty excited for nursing school now.