Things you didn't learn in nursing school - page 3

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Share your thoughts :) Nurses, please share your stories of things you wished you learned in nursing school. also shared this on the allnurses.com facebook page... Read More


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    THings I didn't learn??? Oh boy where do I start....

    Didn't learn how to

    -assess a sick or deteriorating patient, they only teach you to assess healthy patients in nursing school...smh

    - how to deal with family members

    - how to be a social worker, pharmacist, detective, nursing assistant, psychologist, you know all the jobs we end up having to do lol

    - how to run a code (that would've been really nice to learn in nursing school, my oh my)

    -how to interact with doctors as team members and not as some scary God-like creatures somewhere up there

    We laugh but it's really sad how poor of a job the vast majority of nursing schools do in pumping out competent RNs. Most nursing schools have made it their sole goal to produce master test takers, students who can pass NCLEX but not much more.

    No one's saying nursing school has gotta teach you most things but it would've been nice to atleast have learned the tip of the vast iceberg called NURSING!

    5 years in I'm still learning & loving it!
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    I learned that my life would be very different from Cherry Ames. I wouldn't get to marry the handsome doctor and live a life of adventure (she was a nurse during WW2). My uniform would not remain starched and lily white. Regardless, I have enjoyed almost every minute.
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    I am still a student but I have over 6 years of experience in various health care fields. I often get answers wrong on tests because I use what I know from real life and not what is written in some random textbook. When I challenge the answer the instructor says but we are wanting the correct NCLEX answers not what you would do in practice!
    al586, NutmeggeRN, twinkletoes53, and 1 other like this.
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    Besides the usual stuff you don't learn in books, being a nurse has taught me the importance of listening to people, it has taught me to soothe the sweet little demented lady who is scared and has no idea where she is, it has taught me that nothing is as sacred as holding someone's hand in their journey out of this life but most of all it has taught me how blessed I am to be a nurse!!
    anotherone, beccarner, nrsang97, and 3 others like this.
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    That the crazy, psycho co-worker is made of teflon and is out to get you. That management won't deal with her because she's got seniority and knows where the bodies are buried.
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    What to say to dying pts and their families.
    How to relinquish the guilt when the end stage COPDer who can't breathe says "Help me" and you can't.
    You can't always fix what's wrong.
    You can do everything right, and still be wrong.
    Ginger80, ErikaBrodie, AnonRNC, and 7 others like this.
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    I find it's helpful to cross reference this particular publication with "Things Life Teaches You." Lots of surprising similarities.
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    Nursing school never taught me:

    That when you see the heart rate rising on a seizure pt look out

    That a crying baby is a healthy baby

    That you should never be afraid to escalate a situation, or to tell a doctor when you need him NOW

    That sepsis in the elderly can have many forms, including altered mental status
    Ginger80, ErikaBrodie, anotherone, and 4 others like this.
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    Importance of time management, organization, how to prepare for interviews.

    And how school didn't teach me anything at all about reality of nursing--it taught me theories but those alone cannot help me survive in nursing land!
    anotherone and timmedico like this.
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    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    When I graduated from nursing school, I was basically licensed to apply bandaids. The real learning comes with experience. Having a 6 hour clinical that included a one hour lunch break, 30 minutes and pre and post conference, did not prepare us what soever.
    Licensed to apply bandaids...I fell out...thank you for the laugh I needed that!!!! But seriously I know what you mean. Like why didn't I have a phlebotomy course...and then you are expected to "practice" on patients.


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