Things you didn't learn in nursing school

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    Nurses, please share your stories of things you wished you learned in nursing school.

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    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 12, '16
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  4. by   RNsRWe
    I wonder if anyone owns the full 12-volume set?
  5. by   not.done.yet
    That seldom are things as perfect as they had to be in order to pass the tests, particularly skills check offs.
  6. by   nurse helen
    How to pass meds to 26 patients in 1 hour.
  7. by   sav3alif3RN
    Didn't learn that nurses are also pharmacist, respiratory therapist, clinical techs, physical therapists, cosmetologist, environmental services and the list goes on. Apparently we do it all....
  8. by   Susie2310
    How quickly/continuously medical science advances/changes, and how much time, effort and expense is involved in trying to keep up with the changes from the point of view of nursing practice.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Feb 13, '13
  9. by   Nurse_
    How to navigate, adapt and keep your spirits high in nursing?

    I know there are many subjects that discussed about it. But nothing can really prepare a nurse outside. There's too many factors. Too many people to navigate. We have to be flexible but not a pushover. Assertive and not aggressive. Basically, how to roll with the bull.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    What I didn't learn in nursing school was that I only learned enough to get me to the point where I could START to learn what I would need to know to work as a nurse.

    Have often referred to the Newly-Minted Nurse as having a License to Learn.
  11. by   elprup
    I wish there was a clearly written and up to date book somewhere explaining it all!
  12. by   BSNbeauty
    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.
  13. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from elprup
    I wish there was a clearly written and up to date book somewhere explaining it all!
    I believe you're looking for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
  14. by   nekozuki
    "One time use only" is a term used very liberally in the home care setting.
  15. by   nurseprnRN
    "Whatever works" is just fine, so long as you are certain it's sterile.

    Also, never be without your Kelly clamp and long-handled bandage scissors.