Have you heard the whole rumor about "well,
you shouldn't really start in that nursing
career or specialty because you're going to
lose your skills".
If you haven't, you will.
And when you hear that, I want you to just
respond with a totally straight face, be like
"...so?" And just watch.
Just watch and see what happens, and then
come let us know because it's always a good
time. Because the answer is yes.
You will lose skills with almost any nursing
job that you take because
no job uses all of the skills that you
But at the same time, as a new grad nurse,
no offense, but you have
relatively few skills and I need you to know
that that is totally okay.
Okay? Because skills are literally the
easiest things to learn as a
It takes, like, what?
Maybe 20 minutes to learn how to do a central
line dressing change, and be reminded how to
cap them off, and flush them and do all the
things the right way.
Right? Like 20 minutes, seriously.
And you know what takes a whole lot longer?
Learning what can and cannot go through the
same lumens of that central line, and
what to do if it gets clogged, and why the
patient has one in the first
place. And how worried are you about the
central line infection that your patient
might have if all of the sudden in the
middle of the night they spike a fever?
Actual experience and critical thinking.
That is what takes the time to learn.
And literally any nursing experience you
gain will add to that entire nursing
knowledge that you're carrying around with
And that is invaluable.
So honestly, don't worry about the skills.
Nursing skills are not hard to learn.
Go forward, do whatever jobs make you happy
and make sense for you at the time.
And even if it turns out to be, like, not
your forever unit and you end up having to
relearn how to place a foley one day, it's
You are going to learn so much more valuable
skills and knowledge by
going and taking that job, and you'll be
able to take that wherever you go.