I love speaking to lder nurses and from what has been shared with me, aside fromthe wonderful post above, is that people in general have changd as well. The patient became the customer. A lot less humbleness is going around. A sense of entitlement from both sides increased. More responsibilities given to the nurse, quadruple the redundant paperwork/charting. Nursing teaching quality has dimished and replaced with jibberish. We have become a very litigous society, etc etc
I graduated in 2007, so a new nurse my self. I feel my nursing program only taught me the basics and outline of nursing. The real meat and potatoes I learned on the floor through hands on. Learning never ends and thats what keeps it interesting for me as I get bored easily in other types of work.
Nursing is very stressful and like every other job out there, not every student or new grad has what it takes. Some do better in other types of work. You need to have many qualities to make it. You need to learnto pick up speed, make life saving decisions fast, be efficient without sacrificing quality, learn to like what you do, be humble and work well with all kinds of personalities, be assertive while being respectful, be ambitious, adapt fast to ever changing environments, work as a team not individually, be a mentor to newer nurses, learn to walk away from situations and come back to face them at a more appropriate time and I will repeat.......be a person pleasant to work with, have as coworker, pt and boss. Be VERY humble and know that is perhaps the best quality to possess.