My colleague here is pouring something, but she sure looks apprehensive about the whole thing!
I think I looked like that for the first two years after graduation. Heck, I may still look like that and no one has the heart to tell me!
Now, this cap is a 9/10 on the Emergiblog Cap Rating Scale. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is a solid black strip running across the cap approximately one inch from the top border.
My cap is pretty nice with its green and gold stripe. I just wish I could wear it without getting razzed to death. You can hear the smirks across the Bay!
Speaking of nurses and graduation, how much clinical time do you believe is required in a nursing program to produce a competent, functional registered nurse?
We all know that the hospital-based diploma programs were jammed full of clinical time, with the student nurses essentially used as staff nurses on the wards. Those days are gone, and nurses are now educated in colleges and universities.
So, are new nurses getting enough clinical time?
What is more important to focus on in nursing courses: the clinical or theoretical? Should nursing students be proficient in clinical skills on graduation and learn theory on the job? Or should they be steeped in theory and learn to think critically in school followed by learning the technical aspect on the job?
Is there time in a nursing program to address both of these aspects of nursing effectively?
As an ADN grad, I did not feel that I had enough clinical time to become proficient in the technical aspects of nursing care before I graduated. I’m talking foley catheters, naso-gastric tubes, monitors, IV starts, etc. It may just have been my youth and insecurity, but I was scared to death when I graduated. No one cared that you could spout the adaptation theory of Sister Callista Roy by heart and backwards. There was work to be done.
I would say that you cannot do everything in two years, yet my BSN colleagues had even less time at the bedside than I did.
Then there are the programs that allow people with previous experience in a medical-related area to become an RN through a program that condenses the entire clinical experience into a two-week period. Two weeks? Medical, surgical, OB, pediatrics and psych in two weeks?
I’m interested in what you thought of your nursing clinical education. Did you feel prepared to take on the clinical tasks right after graduation? I put in one foley and one NG before I graduated. No IV starts. No training on monitors.
What are the clinicals like out there now? How many hours a week are you actually at the bedside? How many chances are there for you to do procedures? At what point do you take on what would be considered an entire “assignment”? Do you take report and give report? How involved are the staff nurses involved in your clinical education?
And, if you became an RN through one of the distance-education programs, how did you fit in your clinical experiences?
I’m asking from the perspective of someone who is considering going into nursing education. If you are a nurse blogger, write a post about your clinical experiences. Current students and those who were students when the Summer of Love was not a distant memory – let’s compare!
Send the posts to me and I’ll put them in the December 13th issue of Change of Shift.
Have things really changed over the last few decades?
Inquiring minds (mine) want to know!