Nurses Are Talking About: Jobs for New Grads

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS


December 12, 2011

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Losing Our Skills

"I feel I have no value in this market. As a new grad, I'm basically good for nothing. I'm afraid of losing my skills waiting for however long this situation might persist."

Waiting months or even years for that first job, newly licensed nurses fear losing the meager clinical skills they have upon graduation. Many of these nurses already fear that their skills are not strong, an impression with which many experienced nurses agree.

"I have had to teach 4-year degreed graduates how to catheterize a patient, flush a line, and do trach and vent care. While textbooks are important, without the clinical skills, I am sorry, but you are pretty useless on a busy unit."

"Just because you can pass the boards does not mean you are competent to manage and handle all that goes with a huge patient assignment in today's hospitals."

Some new grads are fortunate to have a job at all, but if they are working in a non-acute care area, they still worry about their clinical nursing skills. "I am lucky to have a job in psych, but when I want to go to med-surg I am going to have to be retrained. If you don't use it you lose it," said one nurse.


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