Okay I was doing orientation at a major hospital today...while there I had time to talk to new grads and students at the program I am going to enroll in.
I am hoping to get into the accelerated program. The standards are higher to be accepted in this program and although I exceed them, I still worry about getting accepted.
So I (know maybe rude) asked a few people what their GPA was in school. EVERY single person told me 4.0!!
This cracked me up especially the itty bitty girl who took a Nurse Tech position in the NICU.
I had orientation with her the day before and I couldn't help but laugh at her ignorant questions and statements. It was so bad I shared with my fiance when he got home.
When discussing warning signs for bleeding she stated decreased HR increased BP.....
This is just one the ridiculous things she said... and if not saying something ridiculous she said "I don't know"
Once again, she claims to have a 4.0...
And she has completed the first semester of Nursing School
What makes this worse is if my child goes to NICU after birth, I will insist she doesn't lay a hand on him!!
I am also concerned how or why would any hospital hire an nursing student who couldn't tell a foley from an IV!!
I mean didn't the ignorance I have seen displayed over the last 2 days come out during her interview??
Jun 16, '09
Newborn assessment isn't taught until OB/Peds so she wouldn't know newborn vitals anyway. Also, I just started my peds clinical and all of the nurses walk around with a small card behind their ID with the ranges by age group on there. They don't expect to know the values themselves although I do happen to remember them from studying for the test.
Did she claim to be a "prestige student" or did you ask her about her GPA and she answered you?
Med/surg clinicals would have nothing to do newborn vitals and the focus would have been on general assessment and basic skills like wound care. OB patients are a specialty area and she is not expected to know that yet.
Edited to add:
Gosh. She is just a tech in the NICU. lol What are you expecting her to do that would harm your baby? Bathe the baby too vigorously? lol Like I said, even the nurses use reference cards for vitals and she is just in her first semester.
Last edit by VICEDRN on Jun 16, '09