Nursing Orientation

Nursing Orientation FAQs

The orientation process begins with a two-day Hospital orientation, followed by a two-week nursing orientation. During the two-day session, you will become familiar with our facility and patient first culture of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. All newly hired nurses are required to attend the two-week nursing orientation. As part of the two-week session, you will become acquainted with the nursing department at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

What time is orientation?

Orientation is held in the Parker Conference Center, 8am-4:30pm. Please be on time each day.

Nurses, nurse externs, patient care associates, multifunctional technicians and patient service associates will all attend nursing orientation. On the first day, a schedule of classes will be distributed and reviewed.

What should I wear to orientation?

It is important to always present a professional appearance. Business attire or wearing your designated hospital uniform is appropriate. Because the temperature may vary in different classrooms, please bring a sweater.

What should I bring to Nursing Orientation?

Please bring your Hospital ID badge on Day One of nursing orientation. You will be shown how to badge in. Please badge in and out at the designated badge reader on your unit each day. Please bring your CPR card/ACLS card and your license number. We will need to make a copy of your CPR and/or ACLS card for your file.

Nurses will be given an orientation binder which includes your daily schedule for the two-week orientation as well as handouts for each presentation. It is important to bring your orientation binder with you each day.

Should I wear my hospital badge?

Your hospital badge allows you access into the hospital and is used to clock in and out of work each day. You are expected to wear your hospital badge at all times while in the hospital. Your badge must be worn above your waistline and it must be clearly visible. Pins and stickers are not allowed on your badge.

Where do I park?

Parking is free. It is important that all hospital employees park in spaces designated for employees. Employee parking is clearly marked. When turning into the hospital from Belvedere, you make a left and travel up the hill. Employee parking is in the first section and towards the back of the second lot. Do not park in any spaces marked "Patient Parking." Security will ticket employee cars that are parked inappropriately.

From the parking lots you may enter the hospital through the Morgan Building, Smyth Professional Office Building or Main Hospital's rear entrance. Your hospital badge will need to be activated in order to enter through these doors. Signage is posted that will direct you to the Parker Conference Center on the first floor near the café and gift shop. If you have difficulty finding the Parker Conference Center, ask any employee for assistance.

What benefits do I have working at Good Samaritan Hospital?

  • Free parking
  • Competitive salaries
  • Evening and night shift differential
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • On-site fitness center
  • Comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental and vision
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Sick time
  • Vacation time
  • Paid holidays
  • Personal holidays
  • 403B plans with employee match
  • Credit union