Published Dec 17, 2004
You are reading page 2 of Gn skills level equivalent only to NA level 2?
you know more than you think...and you are just on the first step of your journey...if the aid doesn't advance they will be at that level for the rest of their careers...you are standing on your foundation...make sure that you learn something everyday...remember everybody above you had to start out at the same level....GOOD LUCK
With that said, how is a new graduate nurse is able to work in ICU with only 8wk orientation? I dont get it.
8wk orientation to ICU is not long enough. I would push for 12 wks or longer if needed. I got 12 weeks orientation to L&D as a GN and one year later I still don't feel confident, i feel comfortable but not confident. You will learn a ton of skills in the first few weeks and you will become proficient in your skills you already know. You won't have your instructor breathing down your neck, and you won't have the fear of making the tiniest mistake and failing. Be a sponge and soak up everything form everybody!
Tweety, BSN, RN
Are you serious? Our textbook and clinical instructor said O2 is a drug and cannot be given without an order.Giving nasal O2 without an order.
Giving nasal O2 without an order.
We have a standing protocol algorithm that we are allowed to use. It was approved by the MDs teams but an RN can apply up to 2L NC without an MD order and is covered by this protocol. But only up to 2L, Plus, we can wean them off without an MD order, depending on the O2 sats. :)
Im finishing as an ADN and came across this skills checklist in many nursing positions. Quite surprised to find out my skills only measured up to a nursing assistant level 2. Its depressing to know that. I dont even know how to interpret a 10 lead data. Shoot, I was happy I knew how to apply the leads! (only to find out its a nursing assistant skill :stone *gasp*) The only difference that I see from a NA and myself are my basic wound care skills and my lousy assessment skills (need to practice here so bad) My skills are no where near what a med-surg nurse is expected to do. Never was taught/ trained to do any procedure or handle any equipment in school or in the clinical. This is causing me quite a panic attack. Is it normal to have skills in this level only? or is it I just got some really really bad education. Two years in school is quite a long time to learn nursing assistant skills. Oh this really sucks!.With that said, how is a new graduate nurse is able to work in ICU with only 8wk orientation? I dont get it.
Is it normal to have skills in this level only? or is it I just got some really really bad education. Two years in school is quite a long time to learn nursing assistant skills. Oh this really sucks!.
It's quite normal to feel overwhelmed and underqualified when one comes out of nursing school
You are talking basic skills here, that we all have to develop. In RN school the first thing we learned was how to be a CNA, bed baths, linen changes etc.
There are plenty of skills and tasks you can master on the job as they come up. Never be afraid to ask for help the first time you put in an NG, or discontinue a drain or other skills.
However, what you have are assessment skills that you are going to fine tune, critical thinking you're going to learn, managing the care and needs of a group of patients and their families including pyscho social needs. These are the things that distinguish you as a profressional nurse. You are a profressional nurse, not a nurses aide. It takes a while to get comfortable in that role, so relax. No it isn't going to happen in 8 weeks, it might take up to a year.
Congratulations on completing your program first of all. I am in an ADN program and took a semester off to work after completing my LPN portion. I work on a surgical floor. I don't know of ONE fellow student that has not felt exactly the same way! It will come and you will ask lots of questions. Take a deep breath and know that you've had a good education and have the brains to do this. The experience will come, one day at a time.
Best of luck to you.
thank you for your kind responses:Ball: it definitely helped me clam down a little. ill try to be positive and look forward to many many more opportunities of learning. yes you are right! a NA will have limited skills while I, will learn something new everyday. merry xmas everyone!
1)Congratulations. You will now have some real opportunities to practice and learn clinical skills.
2)Eight weeks is not nearly long enough for ICU orientation. I work med surg and had 12 weeks.
If I may offer my two cents, nursing school offers students little more than basic clinical skills. There are quite a few other skills that you will learn and master only after you're actually on the floor doing them for a while, and this is true whether you're in med-surg or critical care. I am still interning in cricital care, and the advanced skills I'm learning hands-on from the ICU/CCU nurses is light years ahead of what I was exposed to during basic med-surg clinicals in nursing school. That's the reason most hospitals have extended preceptorships for GNs who will be working in any specialty area. No matter how much you know or what you were taught about performing certain procedures in school, every hospital has its own protocols and the preceptor you're assigned to is supposed to go through all of this stuff with you so I wouldn't be worried about this if I were you.
But, I wonder about the last part of your post where you said you have an 8 week orientation before working in the ICU. Even with my very limited experience in the ICU so far, I will tell you that it takes longer than that to get it all down.
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