Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 1) - page 2

Student nurses have the awesome opportunity to learn about the art and science of nursing during the time they spend enrolled in school. Nursing students are bombarded with different theories,... Read More

  1. by   liketheairport
    Quote from Bonnieparker22
    I feel worried because I am DEFINITELY QUIET! I like to hear what people have to say, and I ask questions pertaining to my job, but I can be difficult to get to know on a personal level. I think that I am friendly and I get along with most people but I have a very "reserved" type personality and it has always taken me a long time to get close with my co-workers. I tend to focus on work when I am working and usually I need my lunches to myself to "recharge" (I am an introvert).
    I am a pre-nursing student. I hope that I can make it despite this obstacle.
    I'm an introvert as well, but many times you'll have to play "Let's Make a Deal" with your introversion. Spend your day working, interacting, etc. Then, when you go home, take a nice long bubble bath or a hot shower, and spend some time with yourself. Unfortunately, we so much encourage everyone to be an extrovert that society forgets that not everyone is. Play along a little, and then take those days off and time at home to "recharge". Repeat in your head, "It's OK, I'll have time to myself later, it's OK, I'll have time to myself later."

    You'll make it. Just remember that not everyone's an introvert either.
  2. by   bebbercorn
    5. Sometimes the worst nurses fly under the radar undetected.

    This phenomenon is slightly related to number one (politics). In some practice settings a nurse can do sloppy, absent-minded work and get away with it if he/she has friends in high places in the organization.
    ^Scariest of all.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 30, '13 : Reason: quotation tags
  3. by   TeeKay12
    I have run into every type of nurse. Yes, the incompetent ones may fly under the radar of the current manager, but remember - managers tend to not last as long as nurses on the the same unit. The brown noser of today will and does become the 'formerly employed' of tomorrow!
  4. by   Lpnguardian
    I do tend to fall under those certain characteristics mentioned above, which was probably why it never worked out with my first job. Now I know.
  5. by   Daliyaa
    This is so really true, the experience out in the clinical field compared to those you are told of and learnt at school through books can be so different. How do you survive as a person, under these?
  6. by   psd.
    Quote from Marsha238612
    Very useful information, though #3 came as shock for me.
    Same can be said for me, wow.
  7. by   trudeyRN
    Number 4 may be the clash of "real" vs. "ideal" (sort of the whole jist of this). I get the sense that people who insist on going the extra mile (or even an extra couple of steps) to do things well as opposed to just efficiently probably do rub a lot of people the wrong way. It's not that the person is picking apart the way other nurses do things, but doing them well does (in others' view) show them up. I've noticed this in other work settings (education) where people would push for the status quo, stating that going further was impossible, just not enough time or whatever. For them someone going beyond a minimum standard was shining the light on what they couldn't (rather refused) to do.
  8. by   malamud69
    Exactly. Nursing "school" must move away from outdated modes such as book learning and become 100% clinical rotation. Never knew any carpenters that became proficient sitting in a classroom-all the OP described can be alleviated with intensive hands on training. ...nursing is hands on with body mind and psyche! School was simply-in its traditional sense-its own political game...simply a way to pass nclex-had nothing to do with reality-sadly those of us older folx who had actually worked and "lived" in the real world-in health care or not- realized the utter futility and absurdity of nursing dx. Etc much time wasted funding the textbook and test prep industrial complex-only on the trenches do you know if you can handle human interaction at its worst...and best
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from malamud69
    Nursing "school" must move away from outdated modes such as book learning and become 100% clinical rotation.
    Back when nursing education took place in hospital-based diploma programs, nurses graduated ready to work due to the thousands of hours worth of clinical practicum hours they had received. The diploma nurses of yesteryear did not need extensive new hire orientation periods, preceptorships or new grad internships because they graduated practice-ready.

    The nursing profession really threw the baby out with the bathwater when certain figureheads decided to move all nursing education out of hospital-based diploma programs and into the college / university setting. Now we're graduating a plethora of new nurses who are not practice ready because they lack the thousands of hours worth of hands-on clinical practicum.
  10. by   imbatz
    A nurse that I work with occasionally said it plain "There is NCLEX nursing and there is real nursing."