Quote from IowaCindy
Can I just say a HUGE "Thank you" to all of you who are able to juggle your usual duties and include the students who invade your work world.
You've taught me your routines and tricks, educated me in the right and wrong ways to do procedures. You've encouraged me to keep going when I thought I had made a great mistake in changing directions with my life.
Y'all make the difference in a successful clinical experience to us.
Thank you, thank you!!!
Wow, Cindy, that is so sweet--thank you!!! I was afraid this was going to be one of those "Why do nurses eat their young?" complaints.
I have been an RN since '81, and I remember the student experience like it was YESTERDAY. It does not become much better when you are a new grad--you are afraid to open your mouth, lest some older RN blast you for being a "know it all" or being too "by the book." So, you don't talk much at all.
I learn from new grads every day, and I hope to pass on everything I have learned in my transition from student to seasoned nurse without sounding like a "know it all" or making them feel too intimidated to ask me questions. They can ask me anything they want, and, if I do not know the answer, I will try to find out for them. We can BOTH learn from the experience.
I cannot tell you the number of new things I have learned from new grads. Many is the time I have been in an operating room with a new RN or OR tech, watched the way they did something, and thought to myself, "Now, that is a REALLY good idea--that is the way I am doing it from now on."
So, students and new grads, thank YOU for sharing your 21st century knowledge base and life experiences with US!!!
Oh--I am 50--but I don't feel a day over 16!!