Quote from USCSomeday
Since when did hospitals provide on the job training for the ICU? I've never heard of this policy. I thought that as nursing school graduates, we'd be able to move directly into the job with limited, if any, on the job education. It would be a great thing if that's what they did, because to tell you the truth, it doesn't seem like nursing school is teaching us anything that'll prepare us for complicated, technical tasks. At least not yet. What do you think?
All of nursing is OJT. Nursing school doesn't teach you how to be a nurse. All nursing school does is arm you with the tools to learn how to be a nurse later, on the job.
And every hospital knows that. No, nursing school DOESN'T prepare you for real nursing. That's why most units have a 'skill mix'; so there's someone guiding you for the first while you are a 'nurse', and looking over your shoulder for the next while, and being a resource for the next while, and finally, a year or so after school, THEN you'll be a nurse in more than name only.
Some, myself included, believe that you need a good year on med/surg BEFORE moving to ICU for this same reason, but that seems to be a minority opinion these days. Of course, then there are the threads about ICU nurses 'eating the young' for this same reason. Sigh.