As freestanding surgery centers welcome an ever-growing number of hopeful total joints patients, core components of successful programs have enabled various surgery centers to capitalize on the surge.
When I'm Queen of the World, new-job orientation will be department-specific. I don't know a thing about ICU or ER, nor do I need to, yet I just endured an incredibly stressful week of orientation at my latest hospital assignment learning about departments in which I'll never work.
Orientations weren't always so disorienting. Back in the day, you spent 2 to 3 days getting to know your particular department. Sometimes they'd show you a filmstrip (remember those?) or a video representing the services of care. You'd get a bunch of hole-punched handouts about your unit's policies. You were supposed to keep these papers in a binder, but they usually wound up creased, crumpled and crammed in a drawer or a locker. The hospital provided lunch. Then there'd be the requisite quiz — and you didn't have to guess 7 out of 10 right to pass.