I am a pre-nursing student and I am currently taking Intro to Nursing. One of my assignments was to interview an RN. One of the questions I had to ask was what advice you would give to students or new graduate nurses. I spoke to a nurse at a local hospital and she said she would tell all students to get out there and get as much clinical experience/skills as possible - to not just sit back, but to get out there and find something that needed to be done and do it to practice the skills and get the experience. She has noticed that new grads do not have the skills they are supposed to have, even on simple things like starting an IV. I thought that was great adivce. She said that it seems like new grads "have no idea what they are doing". I wonder if this is normal accross the board. Could it be that people are going into nursing just for the paycheck and aren't really interested in learning? What is your opinion? Do you agree or disgree? What would be your advice?