Should Nursing Students Be Required to Become A CNA First?

Are clinicals enough for nursing students? Should there be more time with hands on work? Should nursing students be required to take another program before becoming a nurse? There is a huge gap between being a nursing student and becoming a nurse and a month or two of clinicals is not always enough for some people. What about the nursing students who have absolutely no experience in a hospital setting and or with patients. Should they be allowed to only do clinicals and that’s it? Honestly no! Nursing students need as much experience as possible because it benefits them, as well as the patients getting the proper care that they need. The best experience for a nursing student is being a CNA while in nursing school. This way he or she can decide if becoming a nurse is something they truly want. Why go through nursing school then realize its something that you are not passionate about. Being a CNA while in nursing school helps because once the nursing student becomes a nurse he or she will be more comfortable as a new grad and not nervous and scared to take on such a new experience. It will help relief some of the pressure of being a new nurse while having to orient with a way more seasoned nurse. Less time will be spent on learning the ropes of the hospital and spent more on passing meds, starting IV’s, putting in catheters, doing EKG’s, being with the patient & etc.. He or she will be ready to jump right into action, but most important he or she will know how to care for his or her patients better!!

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Nursing is not for everyone!!

Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!

~Donna Wilk Cardillo

CNA’s are not always treated with respect….

A lot of CNA’s do not get treated with respect and it is usually because of their title and what they do. Some nurses treat CNA’s as if they are their own personal maid and feel that what they do is not important. CNA’s are so much more than that and everything that they do is very important! The responsibilities of a CNA are what keep nurses aware of what is going on with their patients. CNA’s are nurses ‘Eyes & Ears’ and their duties are to help the patients with their needs. A CNA should not get treated any less than any other staff member. Their role is very important as any other member of the care team and should be taken seriously and treated with respect. Nurses need to always make sure that they take the time out to thank their CNA’s because their job is not always easy.  Any little appreciation can go a long way.

 It is better to work together as a team then to stand apart and judge. ~CW

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Definition of a Nurse….

“To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring. A unique soul who will pass through your life for a minute and impact it for an eternity. An empowered individual whom you may meet for only a 12-hour period, but who will put you and yours above theirs.”

~Unknown Author

What it takes to be a ‘GOOD NURSE’……By NurseTogther.Com

6 Characteristics of Fantastic Nurses

Many wonder if they have what it takes to be a good nurse. But what they should really ask themselves is if they have what it takes to become a great nurse. There are some very definite differences between an average or even good nurse and a great nurse. Passing your classes, meeting your clinical requirements, and ultimately passing the NCLEX may be done by anyone with enough commitment and adequate ability to learn. However, being a fantastic nurse takes skills and characteristics that can’t be acquired in nursing school. The following will help to define some of the characteristics that help to make you a fantastic nurse.

1. Caring

Without a doubt, being caring is the most important characteristic nurses need to have. The ability to care and to be caring are what allows a nurse to perform tasks that he or she might not otherwise be comfortable or capable of performing. I am often asked questions such as how I am able to perform tasks like cleaning defecation of patients. The answer can most simply be surmised with the act of “caring.” If I know a person cannot do something for themselves, it is only decent that I assist them to meet their ADLs (activities of daily living). If you can care for a stranger like you do your own children, then you would make a fantastic nurse.

2. Patience

When practicing nursing, there are a lot of “hurry up and wait” moments. If you don’t have a fair amount of patience, you will find yourself very stressed and have difficulty coping with your roles of nursing. If you can appreciate fishing, and the need to wait extended periods of time to wrestle a fish with all your might for a few minutes at a time, then you have what it takes to be a great nurse.

3. Honesty

Being honest is paramount in the field of nursing. It is not to anyone’s benefit to fabricate falsehoods when taking care of patients. Honesty is required in documentation, in reporting to other nurses and physicians, and in communicating directly with patients. A little white lie could seriously alter the care a patient receives and is in no way acceptable. If the thought of telling lies makes your soul hurt, then you’d make a great nurse.

4. A Sense of Humor

There are many moments in nursing that are terribly sad and upsetting. There are also many moments that are incredibly funny. It is important to be able to find the moments of humor in nursing even in sad experiences in order not to lose your sanity. If you cannot laugh, you will cry and you will likely be burnt out much sooner than if you had tried to find humor in sad situations.

5. Flexibility

There are many moments in nursing when you have to be flexible. You have to operate on a patient’s schedule and not your own. Sometimes you may be called and told to stay home because your shift doesn’t have enough patients for all the nurses scheduled. Other times you may be called in on a shift that you wouldn’t normally work because there are more patients than there are nurses. You need to be flexible in order to deliver good patient care and to ensure you get a steady paycheck. You also have to be flexible when you are at work. You can’t schedule things exactly, because a patient may be asleep when it’s time for their medications. Being flexible can help decrease your stress level as a nurse.

6. Dedication

Nursing takes dedication. It’s not a career you can pick lightly because you have to be on when you are responsible for taking care of others. If you aren’t dedicated to nursing then you are going to hate it. And if you hate nursing you aren’t going to deliver excellent patient care. Please save other nurses and patients the grief it would cause if you became a nurse. If you aren’t dedicated to nursing, don’t go to nursing school and don’t become a nurse.

CNE: Nurses must ‘STOP Eating Their Young’

A concerned Clinical Nurse Educator writes:

I have been a proud member of the nursing profession for more than twenty years. When I started, I was classed as “one of those new nurses who trained at university and know nothing!”

It was a long time ago that University was considered a new, rubbish way to become a registered nurse. Now it is the only way to become a Registered Nurse.

And yet the same attitude that I and many others experienced still exists. And sadly, the people who espouse it are the same ones who suffered under it – my own bunch of nurses.

I am now a CNE in a public hospital. I have a set of first year transition nurses under my support and guidance.

Sadly, they were all in tears within the first few days of being on the wards as supernumerary staff. It could be considered they were overwhelmed at the prospect of being out in the workforce. It could also be considered that the new staff felt for the first time the full impact of the responsibilities that being an RN entails.

But overwhelmingly, the reason this set of transition nurses were in tears at different times in their first few days was due to the senior nursing staff. The rudeness that these new nurses experienced was terrible. The lack of ward staff support and guidance. The lack of respect they received when asking valid questions. The accusations made about these nurses in front of patients about their supposed lack of insight. I witnessed this myself, and was saddened and ashamed. Granted it was not all staff, but it should have been no staff.

When are we nurses going to learn that we grow our young nurses in the image we present to them?

These lovely new transition nurses have new knowledge. We oldies have a wealth of hands-on experience. We can share, impart and teach our new generation of nurses from our wealth. In turn these new nurses can share, impart and teach us from their new knowledge.

We oldies are not outdated, just sometimes behind the times of new research and best practice. These new nurses have got it. We should be sponging from them as much new knowledge as possible, in the same way they sponge on our experience.

We need to grow up, and stop eating our young!

Our profession is a very special one. We have the privilege of caring for others on their health journey. But we need to care for our young nurses on their journeys, too.

We need to learn from each other, support each other, and stand together with one heart, not a divided heart, for the life of our profession.

By NurseUncut.Com