I am a new grad and like most (if not all) new grads here, has had a rude awakening to the realities of nursing. From what I've gathered, the learning curve is steep and it takes at least a year to not feel nauseous, scared and tearful before and after your shift. I felt like that in my full-time pregrad consolidation/capstone and that was only four months.
My question is for the wonderful, veteran nurses who graduated 30, 20 or even 10 years prior.
When did you graduate and what unit did you work at?
Did you feel prepared and ready to nurse when you graduated?
How was your education structured?
Any suggestions to nursing schools to help the new grads transition better?
I personally feel that the clinical experience throughout nursing school should reflect the nursing conditions in the real world - twelve hour shifts with the goal of having a full patient load by the end of the placement. Is this realistic? I was told in one unit that the real fun starts when the students have already left so lots of missed learning opportunities there.
I'm excited to hear from our experienced nurses. And thank you in advance for your insight