As a new nurse, keeping pt safety in mind...

  1. Hi, - this could probably get posted in a bunch of different forums, but I was motivated by the recent <A href="http://allnurses.com/forums/f86/inexperienced-rns-too-much-too-soon-7189.html">thread </a> on new nurses and patient safety in this discussion group.

    I am in nursing school, and am shaking in my shoes with these stories about understaffing and liability.

    I understand that it's good to look for first jobs at places that have good education / training programs and nurse to patient ratios. But what are some tips on how to evaluate whether there are enough senior nurses in your unit, and whether one is getting too much responsiblity too quickly? And how would you decide whether a charge nurse / your immediate supervisor has enough experience?

    Many thanks in advance.
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