I almost answered "NO" to this question, but instead answered "YES"....very shakily of course.
I have worked with some of the finest nurses I'd ever hope to have worked with. I have also worked with nurses who must "test well" but lack the ability to utilize that which they tested on............their nursing skills and capacity to exercise critical thinking skills are FARRRRRR below par.....and that's putting it quite mildly.
Yes....there are some very scary
nurses taking care of sick people today. Many of them need to be patients themselves, but....
I've worked with much better nurses in military hospitals and military medical centers than any civilian hospital I have ever worked in. Perhaps that has to do with the tight screening and strict qualifications applied to each of their nurses.....both military and civilian nurses alike.
I had the unfortunate privilege of sending an agency nurse home one night due to her "lack of nursing skills....both hands on and mental abilities". She wasn't on duty two hours before I called her in for a private session, and excused her from the shift. I notified the night supervisor as to why I sent her home, and that was that.....never to have her back....not on my floor.
I've also precepted nursing students from both BSN and ADN programs who I wouldn't let take care of my family pet. :chuckle Sad, sad day when you get nurses like this, but I gave them all I could of myself as a nurse, and if they still concerned me at the end of precepting them, I would talk to them in the NM's office in regards to suggestions I felt were warranted, giving them my honest professional opinion, and leave the rest up to the NM to handle. I did them a favor......no regrets.
NOT everyone is cut out to be a nurse, I don't care if they were able to "pass" the NCLEX and somehow get a license to practice patient care. Recognize who you are, what you do as a nurse, and what scares you.....evaluate yourself often.....if it just isn't clicking for you like you thought nursing would.....it's time to open up the other egg in your basket of goodies that you DO do well. :kiss