I just read a topic here regarding the requirement of 'needless' courses pertaining to nursing. That topic sent me back, wayyyy back down memory lane.
Back in the day of my nursing program
, which was an LPN program, (I'm an RN now), we had to learn how to write in another language. That language was called Medical Terminology. Yeah, I know they still have it today but not to the extent that they did yesteryear. In my program, we were required to write complete sentences in a make-shift chart but could not use one word of normal English language except in verbal translation. For example, question one would ask about meds that you, the nurse, gave to the patient. Your response should have read something to the effect of: gentamicin ophth gtts 1 rx'd pt via o.u. per LA, SPN, @ 0900.
( I can't make the *|* sign that means 1 on this iPad). Anyway, remember that? Notations in the patient charts were short and sweet, using abbreviations only. When we were allowed to use minimal 'real' language, the notes read: resting quietly, no distress. The entire documentation for the shift was done this way; no more than four words per line. A blank sheet of nurses notes was set up in columns that allowed for vital signs and graphics, with the very Ed column left with JUST ENOUGH space to squeeze in four words per line. Any other words were grounds for counseling sessions for putting too much in the chart, thereby opening the door for potential lawsuits. Nursing instructors demanded abbreviations-only charting or else. We wouldn't dare write out 'three times a day'. It was tid, bid, qd, etc., if we wanted to graduate from nursing school!
If you didn't learn English in high school, it was not required in nursing school because we were about to learn an entirely new culture only known to the medical world. Oh, the fun I had with terminology especially when I learned what a gluteus maximus was. All I had to do was place the word 'kiss' before it and at the time, I had a HYPERgluteus maximus! Lol!!! Laypeople were clueless! Wow!!!! Those were the DAYZ!!!!!
Anyway, a nurse replied to another post by saying that he/she doesn't know how another made it through nursing school, based on the other's poorly executed use of the English language on a discussion board. My thoughts after reading that was that if she went to nursing school when I did, she didn't HAVE to know how to use the English language in writing....only how to read it. I know, i know....how can you read it and not be able to write it??? Defecation occurs! Lololol!