Quote from alabama2
i am just starting in a bsn program and would like something feedback from those of you who are already in the field. what is it that you wish new nurses were better prepared for? is there anything that the recent graduates you work with seem to be lacking in training? whether it is technical knowledge or bedside manner, please let me know what you think.
don't come in expecting to (or acting like) you know everything (not an attack against you personally, just a general rule for anyone new to a unit). if you don't know, ask someone. if you're unsure of a procedure, talk about it, watch/assist another nurse, then try it! i precepted a float nurse the other night (who also works peds, just another dept.) and even after watching me do several straight caths, when i offered to let her do one, her reply was "oh, i think i'll just watch". almost as bad as the nurse who "knows" everything is the nurse who won't do
[color=#483d8b]it's perfectly fine to look up meds (shoot, i still do from time to time)-we all do.
[color=#483d8b]if you feel overwhelmed, say so. your preceptor might have some suggestions for things to go smoother.
[color=#483d8b]if you're unsure of your charting, ask someone to read it (hey-it is a legal document....can't hurt to have another set of eyes).
[color=#483d8b]don't expect to get the most critical/interesting case right off the bat. everyone starts with something more basic and works up to something more complex.
[color=#483d8b]if you have down time, offer to help the nurses, aids, secretary, anyone (same goes for experienced nurses).
[color=#483d8b]as far as new grads lacking something, the majority of the ones i've dealt with recently (3 out of 4) have lacked a strong work ethic. they dawdle, don't jump in and help others, have to be constantly reminded what to do, and basically lack common sense. this is soooo
frustrating. i'm guessing you won't have this problem since you're on here asking for help!
[color=#483d8b]pretty much if you show a strong interest in what you're doing and are actively seeking opportunities to learn, you'll do fine. be proactive! in my area (er), if we've got a trauma or an ems, for example, i like
to see the new grads at least jump in and get the patient on the monitors. it gets them a feel for what's going on and gets them used to people bumping in to them and 20 things going on at once. then from there they can work their way up to starting iv's, getting ekgs, bagging, assessing, etc.
[color=#483d8b]good luck. hope this helps, and sorry it's so long. :typing