Quote from IceGuy
I don't understand what I'm missing here. Is it common for nurses to have little hands on practice before graduation??
One of the perils of an accelerated program.
The best way to get hands experience with patients is to have a job involving direct patient care while you are in school. You will get plenty enough facility specific IV and med pass experience during your first days on the job.
It is so easy to spot the new grads who never worked in healthcare. I know a few posters on allnurses like to say working in healthcare doesn't matter, but it does. Many of my classmates spent their clinical time just getting acclimated to even being in a hosptial setting. They had nothing to build on so they were starting from scratch. It makes a difference.
I recently took report from a BSN grad who has been working for 6 months. She never worked in healthcare previously. Her dependent patients were a mess, their rooms were a mess, power cords, IV lines, and O2 lines hoplelessly tangled, no ADL supplies in the room, and they are rarely repositioned. I/O and weight data is often missed.
The new RNs with good experience as aides have no problem completing these very basic aspects of care.
I thought my two year ADN program was plenty accelerated. I can't imagine what those one year 2nd degree BSN programs are like,