Quote from aruray
Im finishing as an ADN and came across this skills checklist in many nursing positions. Quite surprised to find out my skills only measured up to a nursing assistant level 2. Its depressing to know that. I dont even know how to interpret a 10 lead data. Shoot, I was happy I knew how to apply the leads! (only to find out its a nursing assistant skill :stone *gasp*) The only difference that I see from a NA and myself are my basic wound care skills and my lousy assessment skills (need to practice here so bad) My skills are no where near what a med-surg nurse is expected to do. Never was taught/ trained to do any procedure or handle any equipment in school or in the clinical. This is causing me quite a panic attack.
Is it normal to have skills in this level only? or is it I just got some really really bad education. Two years in school is quite a long time to learn nursing assistant skills. Oh this really sucks!.
With that said, how is a new graduate nurse is able to work in ICU with only 8wk orientation? I dont get it.
It's quite normal to feel overwhelmed and underqualified when one comes out of nursing school
You are talking basic skills here, that we all have to develop. In RN school the first thing we learned was how to be a CNA, bed baths, linen changes etc.
There are plenty of skills and tasks you can master on the job as they come up. Never be afraid to ask for help the first time you put in an NG, or discontinue a drain or other skills.
However, what you have are assessment skills that you are going to fine tune, critical thinking you're going to learn, managing the care and needs of a group of patients and their families including pyscho social needs. These are the things that distinguish you as a profressional nurse. You are a profressional nurse, not a nurses aide. It takes a while to get comfortable in that role, so relax. No it isn't going to happen in 8 weeks, it might take up to a year.