Quote from Domina
I was informed the other day by my nursing instructor that the college has changed from a content-based curriculum to a concept-based curriculum. The first class of the new curriculum started in Jan. 09. I just started this Aug 09. Just finished my first week. They no longer have a Peds clinical rotation or a Psych clinical rotation. My instructor said its been integrated. Well, I am feeling a huge amount of apprehension in regards to this new curriculum because our instructors have not taught it before and I feel like a guinea pig for lack of better words. I am scared. I hope this new curriculum will prepare us enough for the NCLEX. I guess I will have to wait and see what happens with the Jan 09 class. UGH!!!! If anyone is familiar with it please help me settle my nerves.......
I am also a "guinea pig" at a school who implemented this system. So far, the majority of our class is not happy with it. We feel vital information is left out, skills are not focused on (come on, we all NEED to know how to insert an IV!) and much of the learning is "dumbed down", such as drawing concept maps with colored pencils. I admit, I'm "old school," and a student nurse who is starting a second career, but even my younger classmates are struggling with this. For example, we are considered "seniors", and our senior-level patient care class involves us filling out worksheets in a group, using our textbooks and NO lecture. The teacher is not "allowed" to teach us; we can ask her questions as she's going around the room, but that's it. This is what I paid thousands of dollars for? This is nothing more than an online course! I could go on and on about what we've experienced, not a lot of it good, but I'm sure you'll have stories of your own. I know this is the "new thing" for many schools, but I am not a fan.