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
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.