1. How were you formally and informally socialized into the Nursing profession?
I was formally socialized into the nursing profession on my first job as an ICU nurse by attending the hospital’s orientation program for newly hired nurses. This training covered medication administration and dosing with a math test, hospital specific employee education, such as safety practices, emergency preparedness, blood borne pathogens, just to name a few. Later there were department specific training courses such as ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) and chemo administration certification.Informally, I was taught the ropes by being placed as a partner to a seasoned night shift nurse in the ICU. She took me under her guidance and helped to learn how to use the monitoring equipment in the unit, order meds, or services such as equipment repairs, which doctors I could be more at ease with and which doctors who were strictly business. We worked 7 on/7 off. On our off week was another nurse who was also training a new hire. My partner took it as a friendly challenge to develop my skills and competitively joked about how much better her trainee was doing than the nurse on the opposite week.