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Wow, Thank you!
I do have a couple more questions if you don't mind.
Can you practice in the SIM lab when ever you want or do you only have a specific time in which you can practice?
You mentioned it's good having a science background. Were you referring to just biology or chemistry and physics as well? If it's just biology, is it human anatomy and physiology or other bio background such as heredity, ecology, etc.
How much of the program is based on the biology aspect (Human Body)? I had lunch with a UBC nursing professor and she focused more of her attention on patient advocacy. So do nursing programs focus more on human anatomy or more on ethics, relationships, social concepts etc?
What is the ratio of women to men?
The SIM lab has dolls with pulses, resp rates, even capillary refill. They breath and can be programmed to 'code'. There are 8 dolls I believe and they are insanely expensive. They are run by instructors, so for this lab, we have set times. The other lab, Skills lab, has less advanced dolls that you can practice assessments and skills, etc on. This lab has open times throughout the year.
As for Sciences-We have 1 science based course in level 1. Pathophysiology. I took anatomy and physiology before I started and I am finding that I am glad I did. We are starting to discuss more advanced issues and I certainly have to make an effort in this class. Some people in my program have degrees in biology etc and they are breezing through. Patho studies disease process in the body. We started with cellular biology review along with anatomy and physiology, and now we are getting into systems, neoplasia, nervous system dysfunction, etc. Next level we have patho and microbiology. Some chemistry knowledge will help with pharmacology.
In my class we started with 96 students, I think we have 87? left. There were (and still are) approx. 10 males.
Now for the biggie....Nursing is about caring for the entire person. You need sound knowledge of the human body, especially when you start to give medications. You need to know what "normal" is when it comes to vital signs, and what physical cues to look for when assessing for disease processes. You need to know about how certain meds affect the body and how certain illness affect the body. Nursing is also an art. You could be a rocket science and have crappy communication skills, and would probably not make a very good nurse. I can't talk to UBC's program because I don't go there....I only applied to BCIT. It is the only program where you start in the hospital in week 2. Nursing is SO much about patient advocacy....You sometimes have to be the calm in the centre of the storm for your patients. You need to have confidence at the bedside and when dealing with other healthcare professionals. Nurses do ALOT and you need to be compassionate, assertive , and a critical thinker. At BCIT in level 1 I have Patho
(previously discussed), Pharmacology
- all about drugs, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics etc, PBL
-problem based learning where we decide on our learning issues and teach each other through presentations-and also learn to give and receive feedback, Professional practice
-where we discuss things like CRNBC's standards, ethical issues in Nursing, Caring, and we are beginning to develop our professional portfolios. We have skills lab
-where we learn how to do the fun stuff-dressing changes, administering meds, etc, Communications
class-a whole class devoted to effective communication in Nursing, dealing with anger, empathy, active listening. We have the assesment class
in the beginning that lays the foundation for clinical, and then we have 1030-Clinical
where it all comes together and we get to apply what we learn each week.
This program balances both the art and the science of Nursing. There are mandatory courses that you have to take in ethics, psych or sociology, and coming in with some history in anatomy and physiology will only help you. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you take a look at CRNBC's website and look at the requisite skills and abilities as well as the 6 practice standards. These are elements that guide all Nursing education, as well as continuing competence.!