After reading some very interesting posts around here lately in regards to "fluff" being taught in nursing school, I wonder if it is time to reform nursing education.
I feel we could do without the nursing diagnosis. I understand they can help a student group and rank interventions for a disease process (dare I say that?), but there are better ways to help a student understand this concept. I am not against throwing out holistic nursing practices, but we really could do without the fluff. Why is it that many new grads can't "put it together" Maybe, because fluff doesn't cross over into real-world nursing practice?
I realize that nursing schools are geared towards passing the NCLEX, and that will never change. People in the nursing adovacy groups want nursing to be a profession, no problem with that, but our hands-on skills are being "outsourced" by RTs, techs, therapists, etc. We are "losing" our skills. Nursing students are graduating and have never even put in a foley. What's happening?
I'd like to know what experienced nurses, novices, instructors and new grads feel should be included, or tossed out of the nursing curriculum. Who knows, maybe reform will come?