Practicing nursing in a completely different healthcare system can seem intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be! Interstaff nurses undergo a 6-10 week orientation period at their new hospital. Orientation equips nurses with information regarding policies, procedures, and documentation within their new healthcare facility. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your transitional period:
- Always ask questions – Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t understand something or need more clarity. The more you comprehend, the more you’ll be comfortable and prepared.
- Be open to change – It’s important to be receptive to change when entering a new healthcare system. Be mindful that many processes may be different than what you’re used to in your home country.
- Learn as much as you can – Working in a US hospital will allow you to gain new skills and techniques. Take advantage of learning opportunities, whether on the unit floor or in a classroom setting outside of work.
- Find a sound support system – Your circle can include a co-worker, family member, or a close friend. These confidants can provide you with guidance and support when needed.
Orientation is a great time to learn, develop, and grow! Trust the process and take advantage of the help and guidance around you.
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