Sorry so long, just curious to see how others feel...now I've been out of school awhile, I've thought of many things that weren't covered in nursing school that should've been. I always joke we should be required to take drama courses to handle families--which is my number one thing that should've been taught in school...how to handle family members: ranging from too "helpful" to abusive. Number two: how to politely tell the chronic complainers to wait because someone in the next room is dying and then how not to be chewed by admin/families because call lights weren't answered immediatedly while you were with the patient or family...or how to make that call at 3 AM to tell someone their loved one is dead or to hurry in. Number three for me would be that the patient load as a "real" nurse is frequently ridiculous and how to handle it, often without orientation. And my current issue: not being allowed to give answers to alert patients who want an honest opinion regarding the status of their leg which they will soon lose due to an incompetent MD who kept saying "it looks better?..I did the proper "Ask the doctor and if you want we can see if you can get a second opinion" bit when I really wanted to say "everyone knows the doc's a quack and you need a new one because that leg's getting worse by the minute." They never taught me I'd have to watch a patient suffer because of the rules. Did anyone go to a school where these things were covered in depth? Any other "I wish I'd been taught..." ideas?