So Nursing ISN'T a Science????

  1. Yup. That's what I was just told. Imagine that!!

    I applied for a scholarship that you had to be in a science related field or math or engineering, or teaching. Got a letter back saying I did not qualify!

    Funny, if I go on to get my Bachelors it WOULD BE A BSN- Bachelors of SCIENCE!! Hello!!

    Never mind that I have taken EVERY science course offered at this school!

    I think I am going to shoot off a letter to the committee and let them know, yes, nursing is a science!! I wonder where they were educated!
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    i call it an art and a science
  4. by   TammyArkansas
    That is crazy - not a science.
  5. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    I'd fight it, especially because there could be some money in it for you.

    Have you thought about trying to get a letter from the director of the nsg program to explain that nursing is a Science based program? Even if its already too late for you to be considered for the scholarship, maybe someone behind you will benefit from being included for scholarship.
    Last edit by S.T.A.C.E.Y on Jan 26, '07
  6. by   Soup Turtle
    That's nuts!
  7. by   bopps
    Hmm what are A&P, chemistry, and Microbiology?:spin:
  8. by   Tweety
    That's maddening.
  9. by   donsterRN
    Totally agree with all of the above...

    Of course, it's a science. And an art. Makes you wonder what the committee believes nursing to be...

    I hope you fight this.
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Oh, boy.

    I think that nursing is a discipline that uses the sciences but is not, in and of itself, "a" science.
  11. by   Multicollinearity
    I wonder if you are referring to the new Federal grant program for some science majors. If so - it's not that nursing isn't a science; it is that nursing isn't a science with a shortage of students. Nursing shortage, yes. Shortage of nursing students, NO.
  12. by   danh3190
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Oh, boy.

    I think that nursing is a discipline that uses the sciences but is not, in and of itself, "a" science.
    Yes. It seems more like a social science or a service profession that uses biological and chemical science.
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    Is this the program you are talking about?

    http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebA...sp?tab=funding
  14. by   anne74
    Are you surprised? Nursing is frequently minimized.

    And last time I checked, there isn't a shortage of engineers or chemists, but there is a shortage of nurses. Who cares about how many students there are? That means nothing if there are no jobs for those students once they graduate. How does that help society?

    I know a lot of engineers who have been laid off. I have a friend with a PhD in chemistry, but can't get hired anywhere. Society has a greater need for nurses. Sounds like that scholarship is a bit misguided in multiple ways.

    And yes - I would definitely write a letter to them, especially with the endorsement of a nursing dean or something. If anything, these people need to be educated.

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