My first nursing degree was an ADN, less than 10 years ago, and I had over 650 hours of clinical. When I was hired, I was hired on an orthopedic unit with extended orientation (6 months!) and I felt so very prepared.
What I see now in new grads is so very scary. With the Covid issues, it is going to get worse. We are getting ready to start about 5 new nurses on our unit.
The last couple of new nurses and probably the last 2 years, are not prepared at all for what floor nursing is. They don't seem to want to learn, to work, to care. It is heartbreaking. Many are getting into NP programs with less than one year of experience. To me, that is frightening.
I used to be a school teacher. Same problem: teach to the big stakes tests. Don't care if the kids actually learn something. I got in trouble once as a teacher because I "had too high standards" I expected 5th graders to know their multiplication tables.
I have the same problem as a nurse. I am "passionate" about my job.