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  • Mar 23

    You passed...that's what's important.

    Don't compare yourselves to their's a losing game of anxiety and stress.

    My sister was told she's never be a nurse....average grades. She's now a powerhouse in nursing.

    My cousin did just ok on tests, at or below average. She now teaches the medical residents in a big city ER.

    No test result ever made anyone a better nurse.

  • Jan 14

    Problem is, 2 years in ICU are not enough to provide you the broad understanding and comfort when dealing with a wide range of emergency symptoms and presentations.

    And this "critical thinking" thing is not something that can be learned, contrary to what many nursing teachers believe.
    Critical thinking is simply experience and dedication to task.
    After five years or so, many things become easier because you've seen "it" before.
    What you once had to think hard about comes naturally. Nursing loves to use the "critical thinking" phrase, it makes us sound very special.
    Well, we are special, but it has nothing to do with our thought processes. That's just experience and focus.

  • Sep 5 '16

    Med surg. nursing can be a mad jungle...especially early on in one's career.

    But if your place is run such that even experienced nurses are often running around like hungry headless chickens with full bladders, then you need to get out there, anyway.
    Perhaps another's a tough call. You know you better than anyone here offering advice.

    Follow your gut...there's time to make're on the right track to question your comfort zone.