Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
Even the person who just barely scraped through nursing school and took 6 times to pass the NCLEX and still hasn't the foggiest notion of how to dilute meds is still... a nurse.
And no, compassion, empathy, nor calling magically endow someone with the aptitude, judgment, and skill to be a decent nurse... nor, in my opinion, are even necessary (though certainly to be desired).
I saw a lot of attitudes in school like this- students feeling they deserved an A because they wanted it, not because they turned in A-level work. In some of the lower end classes they won anyways- they got an A just like I did. In other classes, they got shaken out pretty quickly. A&P I had a 32% pass rate, and there was nothing too hard or unfair about that class.
I'm not a nurse yet myself, but to be honest some of the threads here where real nurses talk about day to day stuff, the intimidating stack of meds I will have to know, plus discussions about patient and doctor interaction, lateral violence, hospital red tape, etc., I'm actually worried sometimes that I won't be good enough
to do what you folks do. Time will tell and I'm going to give it 110% anyways but some days I can see how much work I really have ahead of me. Some days I'm frightened.