Aachavez: oh that sounds like a nightmare. You can't learn Med Surg at a nursing home. And what about your
Psych/OB/Peds rotations as Sali22 said?
I graduate in May and have been through 2 Med Surg, Psych, community, OB, Peds, and I'm getting ready for my
preceptorship in critical care. Now we all know nursing isn't all skills-based, but along with the critical thinking component, besides assessments and bedside care, I've dropped an NG tube, placed and taken out Foleys, hung blood, done lab sticks, started IVs,
done ultrasound, wrestled with psych patients, helped triage in a community clinic, performed dressing changes, done patient teaching, discharged, paged doctors, etc., given report, written up notes, etc. and the experience was invaluable in making me feel like I can do this in the real world.