This is true. I was at a site where the most seasoned nurse was one year. Charge for the day was a nurse only six months. There was a clogged PICC line. I told my student to inform her nurse that we will take care of it. The nurse responded, if it is clogged how are you going to fix it? Ahhh yes....and the student who knows it all. Generally these are techs/CNA's who currently work in the field. BUT there is the occasional one who has never stepped foot onto a hospital floor with the exception of clinical who knows it all.
I am not saying I have all of the answers- I don't. However, professors are doing the best they can given the current situation. Hospitals are not opening their doors to students during this time. All we have are simulations and case studies, which according to literature is a good alternative.
The way schools of nursing are assessed is by the first-time pass rate on NCLEX. Honestly, it would be better if the student had a three month exam on the floor. In other words, how the student performs while on orientation determines whether or not she gets her license.