At my nursing program, we have to take two semesters of Fundamental of Nursing. Now, i'm not saying this course is unnecessary, but two whole semesters of learning what "therapeutic communication" is , just sames like waste of time to me. And to cap it off, we had to have Intro to Nursing too, which was basically the same as fundamental. Oh and i can have two semesters of organic chemistry but not pharmacology? of these two, which one i'm i going to use most of?!!!!
I mean there are other courses i wouldn't mind spending two semesters learning.
Take for instance pathophysiology, i wouldn't mind two semester of this, in fact i would totally welcome it! i think it is particularly important for nurses to know disease processes and how they affect our patients. Another course i would love to have two semester of is Health Assessment. This is one of the core process of nursing and yet our school sort of breeze through it.
Instead of nursing school
bombarding us with unnecessary stuff, why not focus on things that are actually useful for when we graduate and enter the workforce.
so what about you? any courses you wish had been cut off or ones you wish you had spent more time with?
Aug 16, '10
I never took chemistry, but didn't feel like it hurt me or made me not a "good" nurse.
But what I could have used were a few classes on how to deal with coworkers and admin, a business management class and a true, interpersonal relationships, and counseling class. So much of my nursing involves counseling and education, yet was I taught effective ways of teaching and how people learn? Nope! Or how about a cross cultural class that discuss how people from different areas of the world view health and common courtesies. Include how the rest of the world pays for healthcare, and how their systems work and what is broken with their healthcare systems. A class in nursing politics or healthcare politics would have been nice.
A class on how to use an otoscope/opthamascope and assessing an eardrum would have been great! How about learning how to do audiometry, 12 lead EKG and basic interpretation, running basic lab tests like an H/H, and phlebotomy. How about offering in nursing school a code class? How about teaching and doing PPD skin tests? How about a class in ethics, and how other countries view death? Not much practical was taught in nursing school, just a lot of theory that doesn't apply to the real world.
Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Aug 16, '10