Hospice or pain mgt curriculum in nursing school?
- 0Sep 6, '10 by teach_hospiceRNi am interested in knowing if the schools today are including any instruction on hospice, home health or pain management? i have been out of nursing school for 20 years and am now returning for an rn to msn bridge. i am doing a research paper and want to write about this. please reply and let me know if your school has such a program, how long it is and if there is any clinical to it. thanks!
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- 0Sep 7, '10 by AlmostThere2011I don't know if this counts, but I go to a private Catholic college. It is a 2 year ASN program, then you can opt for an RN to BSN. Honestly, I'm not completely sure about the BSN portion, but I know in our first semester we covered some of it. It was under the "End of life issues" lecture. I know that every semester it is covered one way or another. Usually it is discussed with a Catholic slant. Their college, their program, their way. I like that it was addressed. For some reason last semester I ended up being assigned to a lot of pts that found out that they were dying. I guess it made it easier for me to not be afraid of them and their families. I hoped this helped
- 0Sep 7, '10 by KeeperMomI am a senior in a 4-year BSBN program. We are doing some critical care lectures this semesters but I don't see a lot on the schedule for pain management or Hospice care.
We had very little instruction on it in previous semesters either. I think we may have had one lecture on cancer/oncology patient care and one on pain management in pharm and in med-surg but nothing that really stood out to me.
We did, however, have several questions on our HESI test last semester about caring for a Hospice/cancer patient and most of us missed ALL of those 5-6 questions. We all commiserated that we really never covered any of those issues in school either.
I really think we are lacking in the end-of-life care aspect of nursing. I mean, we have learned about what happens in the body and how to recognize the signs, etc but we really have not covered some key elements yet.
I work on a family practice unit which is 'next door' to the oncology unit so we often get overflow and we often get patients on our floor that are on comfort measures too. I have learned a lot but none of it was learned in the classroom. Considering the amount of cancer/home health questions on our HESI and the lack of learning these things I would say that more emphasis needs to be placed in these areas of nursing.
We do not have a clinical for any of these areas. I guess we get a tiny taste of Hospice / HH in our Community class but that would be just I one or two days and not a detailed focus.
good luck with your paper and MSN!
- 0Sep 7, '10 by CuriousMeQuote from suedrn06011990yes, both are integrated pain management and hospice are taught throughout our curriculum. some of the students in my class have had clinicals with a hospice agency.i am interested in knowing if the schools today are including any instruction on hospice, home health or pain management? i have been out of nursing school for 20 years and am now returning for an rn to msn bridge. i am doing a research paper and want to write about this. please reply and let me know if your school has such a program, how long it is and if there is any clinical to it. thanks!
oh, i'm in a bs program (it's a 3 year program, after a year of pre-reqs).