I hesitate at posting this on the FAQ thread because I haven't seen too much concern about this paticular subject, and I also like to write a "thorough" post.......
You posted some excellent responses in my thread about Nursing "theory". Your example of the flawed(I wonder if it should get that much credit) Theapeutic Touch study did so from a scientific, yet not completely medical angle. You described it in a way that a nurse should
think, as far as I'm concerned, and I decided I should be looking into anesthesia.
I'm interested in what the "mind-set" of an CRNA program VS the heavily psychosocial, psychological, and sociological base nursing classes of ADN/BSN programs would be like.
As an example of "mind-set", I'll give you some background of my experiences. I observed nurses go about thier daily activities as a CRTT about 12 years ago. I based what a nursing curicculum would be like,philosophy-wise, on those observations. It appeared to be science based, but as I looked at the course descriptions for the prerequisites I began to feel out of place. If it had not been for Anatomy and Microbiology I would not have completed them. I completed psychology(somewhat interesting), but I am still trying to get through Life-span Development. It is somewhat painful for me to try to absorb the material and I feel no connection to it as the other nursing students do. I feel that psychosocial issues are worthy of some attention, but it is the mind-set
, the philisophical base if you will, for all of the programs curicculum. I have tried to make it fit
, but have dropped the course twice.
Here is a serious issue with it:
My nursing classes this semester are 7 credits. Life-span is 3 credits for a total of 10 credits with this holistic theme. My GPA may crawl through intact, but I need a reason to do all of this. I'm looking at 3 more years to complete a BSN through RN-BSN. It doesn't look likely that they'll lay-off all the therapeutic-touch-like curicculum so I'll have to suffer through it................ but
if the mind-set of a CRNA is in contrast to all that "touchy-feelyness" then it will give me purpose and I would see it as a means to a goal of an autonomous, scientific career as the specialist I dream of becoming.
I plan on seeking the refuge of the ICU through some kind of internship as soon as I get an RN. That decision isn't dependent on a CRNA track, I just think I belong in that enviroment. I have been seeking a level of expertise and responsibility that is as close to medical science as I can get. From what I can derive from the image of a practicing CRNA, it's as much or more an application of science as floor nursing is a psychosocial pursuit.
All of that has lead me up to this point. I just need to make more than an assumption.
I'll be heading to Florida tomorrow, but I will be watching the board until later tonight.
I've started to read your blog. It makes me want one of my own, but I would write forever
! Thank you for making it available.
Nov 25, '02
Kevin, the above mentioned situation is very troubling coming from my perspective as an ER nurse....Makes me wonder, a MD surely must have been consulted and looked at the EKG?... and released the pt for surg w/o further work up?..but l can say with this man's hx, l would never have sent him to OR with a transporter....l also wonder about the level of exp of the nurse....scarey, but that is another thread.
Just want to say that l too have a hard time with the touchy/feely philosophy of nursing that bloats a lot of cirruculum, and this hasbeen one of the reasons l have deferred getting my BSN...and now in my 40's, wishing l had that stepping stone to move on up. l had a strong over all GPA, probably could get into advanced programs without a problem.....now l just think how old l will be when l am finished, and primarily, now that l am older it would be harder to make that financial sacrifice.....so PeepsMc....from my perspective l would encourage you to suffer through the courses and try to keep your gpa up...l had a harder time making the grade with courses that bored me (such as the ones you mention) than l did in chem and A&P etc...so l can relate......can't get over the feeling l have waited too late now....don't you do the same....good luck...........LR
Last edit by l.rae on Nov 25, '02