Please tell me if I'm crazy, but my class will be graduating in two weeks and I am frustrated with a couple of people who are just not ready. They bug me all day at clinicals for help and are truely not ready for Safe patient care. One actually asked me today (while reading her drug book) "what benzodiazapine is". I mean really? We graduate in 14 days and you don't know? I follow her around all day trying to make sure she doesn't hurt anyone. Today I heard her telling her patiet to stop moving because her IV was going to come out. I go into the room and find the patient wraped in the IV tubing. I'm helping her get the pt untangled when "lil miss" "I'm not ready to graduate either" walks into the room (Great, now I stuck in there with two incompetent students) The phone begins to ring just as she walked through the door, she looks at me like I'm crazy and say's "aren't you going to answer the phone". I returned the look and nicely said NO. When all fails and you have no idea of what to say or do when you enter a patients room, always always fall back on the nursing process. ASSESS the situation, priority #1, get the poor little patient untangled from the IV tubing before you answer the phone. I MEAN REALLY?
Sorry for rambling I just can't believe these are the people I'm about to graduate with.
Jul 23, '10
by roser13, ASN
First, ignore the posters who say that you're on a "high horse."
They might be some of those nursing students that you were talking about
I felt the same as you did when I graduated. What probably frustrated me the most were my fellow students who had apparently conquered the "book learning" and the taking of tests, but demonstrated very little common sense.
What I quickly learned on the floor is that everything does settle out. Everyone rises (or doesn't) to their level of competence. I don't even think that the NCLEX sifts out unsafe nurses. As I said, some people just function on a level that seems to include book smarts and intelligence but defies common sense. Those nurses will either get with the program or they won't, and their nursing careers will suffer.
Don't spend your time worrying and certainly don't spend any more time covering for them.
Last edit by roser13 on Jul 23, '10