How Can You Be A Nurse With No Clinical Background? - page 4

I find that odd. The foundation of nursing skill and ''critical thinking'' is having some experience with bedside care. I understand alot of new grads are running away from the bedside faster than... Read More

  1. by   jadelpn
    Depends on the unit/floor. I think it difficult when one has to take over a floor that perhaps has some interpersonal/morale issues and if you don't know how to work the floor then how can you solve what is inappropriate on the floor? However, if the floor is run seamlessly with a number of experienced seasoned charge nurses, then it could be possible to manage without experience. With all that being said, you do need to be able to jump in and assist if needed. And with little to no clinical experience, that may be an issue. Any good leader would and should take time to be involved on their floor, be visable, and to perhaps take a patient on each shift for the first few months. Really get to know the floor, the workings, etc. I think a lot of resentment comes from managers who need to speak to nurses about patient issues when they haven't spent a moment trying to prioritize a day. A good team is a good team, and that includes the manager.
  2. by   db2xs
    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    If I go straight through, I will be 26/27 years old by the time I'm finished (23 after graduating with a BSN). I don't want to be in my thirties and JUST starting a family (I would like three to five children) and I would like to be finished with having children by 35, leaving me with very little time to have those three, four (MAYBE five) children.
    I was 24 when I graduated with my first bachelor's (non-nursing). I'm now 39 about to graduate with a BSN. I anticipate getting my master's when I'm in my mid-40s after getting some experience.

    Life isn't a race. Enjoy your 20s, that's what I say :-)
  3. by   mariebailey
    How often you use you technical skills is not directly proportional to how much of a nurse you are. Critical thinking and therapeutic patient care are required to be a qualified nurse.

    I feel like you are suggesting that bedside nursing is superior to other specialties, and that is a fallacy.
  4. by   green34
    My ex's mom went into infection control. She was crazy, but she never worked on the floor. She went for her MPH after getting her BSN and met the head of the infection control department of a teaching hospital in a class. She was hired a few months later. She was looked down by other RNs when she went to a different hospital because she didn't have experience. I found it out by talking to my clinical instructor when I mentioned I wouldn't go to the other hospital she worked at due to the fact that my ex and I had a nasty breakup with police involved.