With all the skills i have been taught in nursing school
and limited opportunities to use them during clinicals, i feel somewhat intimidated by the prospect of using those skills when i become licensed. How long would you say it takes for a new nurse to build their skill level to a point where they are good at what they do? What are the expectations of a newly graduated and licensed nurse? I would appreciate input from people at all levels of nursing. Thanks....chris
Oct 10, '02
I am excellent at some things, good with others...and with some stuff, I totally suck.
For instance, I'm really good at getting NG tubes in. OK with IV starts, but I haven't gotta clue as to how to titrate a pitocin drip.
I'm excellent with geriatrics and lungers, and only ok with teens and livers. Suck at drug-or etoh=dependent patients, and psych patients but I really rock with Alzheimer's folks, Hospice and GI problems.
How long til you get good at it? hmmmm... I dunno about anyone else, but I just take it one day at a time. Some days, I feel like I did a great job; other days, I feel very inadequate. Spurs me on to study and learn more.
Maybe someday I'll think I'm excellent. But not yet.
Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Oct 10, '02
Oct 10, '02
thanks for the responses so far. i can see how this is a difficult question so i'll rephrase. how long did it take you personally to feel confident in your profession? my fear is taking a new job and trying to perform a procedure on a real person that i have only practiced before in lab. What are the expectations of a new nurse as far as competency in their duties? Is there a "breaking in" period where mistakes are anticipated and the new nurse is under some form of supervision? Feel free to share stories about what it was like when you first started out.
Last edit by nurseguy74 on Oct 10, '02