Quote from postmortem_cowboy
Very true pagan, but my point was, that the LVN/LPN program is a preparation to be a med/surg nurse. Unless there are circumstances that she/he needed a refresher, there isn't a need for one. My posting wasn't meant to be mean or anything, it was meant as encouragement to get out there and start practicing as a nurse. If she/he's been through a program, they have all the tools necessary to be on a med/surg unit and start his/her nursing career. Most hospitals that hire new grads do understand that they are new grads, and that they don't have years of experience behind them, that there's going to be an adjustment period and they'll have to learn things on the job.
However, thanks for taking the rough edge off my post though pagan, as it wasn't meant the way it was taken...
No big deal. I saw your point as well and I did not actually take it in a bad way. We do have the basic skills required, and all of the reading in the world will not take the place of actual hands on experience. The other side of it, from my perspective is that I had a unique experience...my job granted me a leave of absence with pay to become an LPN. Because they sponsored me, I owe them some time. Upon becoming a nurse, I see that they gave me a VERY crappy orientation. I NEVER had a consistant preceptor and because I worked there for a long time as an assistant, people automatically assumed that I knew more than I did. I must have seen at least 20 ways to administer an IV piggy back, for example. I was to be oriented to med-surg for 6 weeks and then return to my old clinic to work. Now, I LOVE the clinic, and I am learning a great deal as well as teaching a great deal...but basic skills such as administering a piggy back and doing tube feedings, I didn't get. Reading the texts sort of confuse me, I need to see demonstrations from a person that knows what they are doing.
Again, Wayne, I wasn't offended in the least. I've read enough of your posts to see that you don't display that sort of behavior...I was just offering another side, because I saw it from both aspects.:spin: