New to allnurses.com, found the information "very helpful". I am a nursing student (Senior) and needed therapuetic comm. help for a psych dialouge, when I came across this site in Google. Good to see the nurses here are not "eatting their young", had that experience once or twice while in clinicals. Being the mature nursing student, I found my education to be very broad, accurate (skills needed) and sometimes a "customer service nightmare". Still motivated inspite of the negatives and looking forward to being a member of the few, the proud and compassionate members of society that care enough to invest in this field.
Currently working as a nurse tech in a midsize hospital, which has helped in both using skills, developing confidence and comfort level with patients and staff, so those who are considering working in the hospital prior to graduation, I strongly encourage you to do so ( at least prn).
Again, thank you for the suggestions and where to find info!