When I hear from new nurses that are going through the BSN program, I feel bad for their lack of exposure to floor nursing. We had 6 weeks of maternity, they had 4 days on the floor. Some didn't even get to see a birth at all, let alone a vaginal, epidural free birth. I remember 25 years later, high risk twins transported out, 1-2 births a day, a pp hemorrhage, and I got to massage the fundus, a preeclampsia, nitrous oxide use, and a near delivery in the hallway. We had a baby "bus" and all the babys went out to moms from the nursery at certain times. Student nurses held classes about bathing babies, and feeding, and we'd have 5-6 moms at each class. Our wide experience of book learning and only one week in the nursery didn't hold us back at all. I felt so much smarter after going through that experience. Not ready to do anything without backup, but enough to know that I could do it with a proper orientation.
I wish all our new nurses could have experiences like that on the floor. WE were used as part of the staff, took over vital sign rounds and did comfort care for all the patients when we were able, and the floor nurses would let us know when there was a procedure coming up, or an interesting patient we might want to sign up for. If you were willing to jump in, there were tons of new things to see/do. We wrote a lot of careplans, but BSNs have a paper due weekly. They can research the hell out of obscure topics, but no one puts them in the trenches where they can try out the knowledge they read about.