Ok reality shocks: here goes:
1. You can put an IV in a foot in the ICU without an order, it isn't a big deal. 2. most RN's, even in the ICU don't want to eat new grads alive- they don't have the time for it, even if they wanted to. 3. learning to operate the safety device on butterflys and IV caths takes longer than starting the IV...
and the big moment when you say, "yes I am your mother's (father, brother, daughter)nurse" Sort of made me feel a little jolt of say 360 joules.
How does nursing education need to change: Well, I think there should be more clinical time with adequate supervision: Most of the time we were late passing meds, or couldn't do a task because the instructor was tied up with other students (we were about 7 to 1 which i hear is average) Students need to be encouraged more to be independent learners- ie to go out and read something because they feel they need to know it- rather than, "the teacher says I need to look at an article on SIDs, so here I go" I could go on and on, but probably you all wouldn't like that