Preparation of New Grads

  1. Do you feel as a new grad, (or soon to be) believe your program prepared you for the real world of nursing? ie. skills, basic knowledge, medication administration etc.. Also are you a ADN or BSN student? Thanks, Jim Rodgers
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  3. by   momangel29
    when I was a student I had alot of anxiety about clinicals.NOW I wish I had had even more clinical time! EVen though the ADN program I graduated from had a good amount of clinical time,I feel like I needed more.I was an LPN working in a nursing home for a number of years before I got my R.N. this past februaury and I started working in the hospital as a graduate nurse in January.I have made great strides but I have so many,many more hurdles to leap over.I am not a dumb person but I feel like my brain is about to explode each day with the wealth of knowledge I am attempting to acquire!No matter what happens I am sticking it out!Some days are more stressful than others!
  4. by   nekhismom
    My program doesn't have microbiology, pharmacology or assessment courses. So, we have to learn pharm. and assessment during our regular nursing classes. They are between 7-10 credits each, total of 34 nursing hours. I feel VERY unprepared!
  5. by   Yankee in Texas
    Originally posted by Jim Rodgers
    Do you feel as a new grad, believe your program prepared you for the real world of nursing?Also are you a ADN or BSN student?
    I graduated from an ADN program. I started an internship along with a new orientee/co-worker who is has a BSN. Both of us have equal knowledge base, but I have put in more clinical time then my counterpart. What we both are finding out is that:

    1. The schools are going by the the textbook and are not
    relaying up-to-date procedures to us. This is due to:

    2. Some of the clinical instructors may not work part-time/PRN
    at a hospital, therefore they are not aware of standards and
    updates.

    3. Our main concern is that, as senior students allow us to
    perform as the staff nurse with total patient care. I am not
    speaking on total care as bath/linens; But allow us to call the
    doctor and train us to function as a graduate nurse should.

    I love what I do, but I don't like feeling like I'm not accomplishing my task when I must complete functions that we as students were unable to perform. Such as pyxis and, computerized charting access or correcting problems with other departments.

    Thank God for internship programs that hire us and help us make that transition.
  6. by   vaughanmk
    BSN There is no way I feel that my clinical expereince in school prepared me for the real world. But I knew that going into it. School is not the real world and I don't think there is any way for school to prepare you for becoming a "real nurse"
  7. by   gizzy76
    As a recent graduate this past December with my Bachelors Degree in Nursing (I'm from Canada) I feel that I have not had enough training during school about the "realities of nursing". Oddly enough, even one of my final preceptors felt the same way and suggested to my instructors that maybe a course titled the same would be beneficial to future nursing students.

    Even my final practicum preceptor was apalled at how much book work I had to do while trying to do my practicum with her. The focus was not on what I could do as a nurse, but how many pages for a paper I could write on issues in nursing. To me the biggest issue in nursing was the lack of clinical time to become prepared to function in the real world!
  8. by   Katnip
    BSN-now way am I prepared for the real world. Most ADNs I know feel much the same way.

    The nice thing is it only takes a few weeks or months to catch up on the skills. The book learning will provide a solid foundation for the understanding of those skills.

    Where I live almost every hospital has at least a 6-month orientation for new grads. Some in the high acuity areas go as long as a year.

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