Quote from ZippyGBR
i'd be interested to hear the rationale for that statement ...
I'm not sure how many clinical hours are included in UK RN training now, but I think I'm correct to say both diplomas and degrees are 3 years full time.I did read that the time is divided equally between theory and practice, but of course some of that practice will be in the clinical labs. I don't think training in the UK is as good as it was in the 80s, when you still had to pass essay and MCQ examinations and had something like 3000 clinical hours.
In the USA it's possible to train to be a RN in 2 yrs and gain an associates degree in nursing (ADN).
Bearing in mind that ALL USA undergraduate degrees include college level English, Math and usually at least 2 other general subjects related to the major,2 YRS isn't adequate IMO
I have a friend who is half way through her ADN and IMO her course is crazy. They seem to whizz through huge amounts of theoretical knowledge where they are expected to know( and are tested on) for eg all normal lab values, blood gasses etc etc in about 2 weeks. The associated clinical placement is 2 x 5 hr "shifts" per week. They covered all GI A/P and associated diseases in 2 weeks.
Of course in order to pass NCLEX you have to know all this theory.
Even some of the 4 YR BSNs have only 700 clinical hours.
Maybe they aren't so concerned about clinical decision making in the US, as I gather that, unless you're a NP , you pretty much need a Drs written order for everything. Things that seem ridiculously like common sense to me eg if a venflon has been in situ for 3 days and not being used, pt is being discharged or it looks infected, then take it out and document it and inform the medical staff.Not rocket science!