HI! I am a master's student in nursing education and have been a nurse for 30 years. I was wondering if I could get some feedback from newly graduated nurses who are in their first jobs. I would like to know if you feel your nursing education prepared you for your first job as a registerd nurse. What deficiencies do you feel schools of nursing should fill in order to better prepare you? Looking forward to hearing your ideas and problems you have faced. Thanks so much!
I second the idea of shadowing a nurse. Depending on the kind of nurse you get paired with, some of my classmates ended up being glorified techs. Nothing wrong with that, and we were happy to pitch in, but it really did not help us transition to being the nurse. Maybe it should be more of a transition over the course of the program: start off shadowing the tech (no hands on care for one shift), then assist the tech, then take a certain number of patients to care for, then shadow a nurse, then assist the nurse, then take a certain number of patients and do the nursing care for them. It would be a progressive way of learning and gaining confidence and experience. It kind of goes along with the watch one-do one-teach one method of learning procedures, but it would be applied to nursing overall.
I also believe students need experience finding, reading and interpreting doctor's orders, and calling docs as well. This is a skill just as much as learning to put in a foley or start an IV.
Last edit by Purple_Scrubs on Nov 6, '09
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