Today was the first day of orientation for the new job, and it was ... long.
Orientation is held at the core hospital for the health care system for which I will be working. And there were lots of malfunctioning Powerpoint presentations, and lots of stuff to learn, and some pretty f*cking depressing videos.
The "active shooter" video was not easy to watch, in particular since there WAS an active shooter situation with multiple fatalities in my little town not that many years ago. The gist of the active shooter training seemed to be, well, RUN, unless you don't where the shooter is or how many shooters there are (which would seem to be the situation most of the time, I would imagine), in which case you should HIDE, which was presented as a pretty piss-poor option although it was the one I can most imagine myself picking, and if all else fails you should FIGHT LIKE HELL. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.
yeah, no. I'm not going up against anybody with a semi-automatic, excuse me while I cower in the corner over here.
And then there was the video about a 17-month-old toddler, admitted for trauma, who died as the result of a pharmacy screw-up. Complete with, I sh*t you not, a photo montage set to Garth Brooks' "The Dance", like, yes, a baby dying because of a completely preventable error isn't already sad enough, let's set it to a heart-rending song. I don't even HAVE kids and I was crying. Christ.
And then it was time to learn more stuff, and absorb more information, and Round 2 is tomorrow. Onward! Hopefully the presenters tomorrow will be a little better with the Powerpoint. And I'm thinking the actual job is going to be a piece. of. cake. after I get done wading through all this.
Oh! And I got my ID badge today. I'm official. :)