Part of another post that's buried on a thread that I wanted to share thoughts on.
Thanks for your responses.
Try to read to the end, I think I make a point.
It does appear as if this is "normal" for nursing classes to not give any guidelines for study. That would explain the incredulous looks I got from the instructors I asked.
It makes me feel that I can never really become a professional in this field.
The various ways that the different programs deliver on the words "comprehensive final" is interesting isn't it?
My school's final is 100 questions over 25 classes of material in a four month span. During this four month span we have had 5 other exams on those 25 classes. One of the exams was a drug calculations test that didn't count towards the GPA but is still part of one of our classes and is "fair game" in the rules of a comprehensive.
I think I'd rather be taking the exam rather than trying to write a fair one over so much material, wouldn't you? Whether it's the instructors going crazy trying to write a fair exam, or the students trying to study everything
that was ever written about nursing for a critical test, it is an example of nursing's sadist/masochist synergistic relationships that I have observed.
Nurses are born to suffer the burdens of others and be taught to take pride in doing so, as if it's supposed to be pleasurable. They take abuse from everyone along the timeline of thier careers, and as a general rule are completely powerless to fend off this abuse (masochistic).
Nurses are also born to administer the "rites of passage" to all that would deem themselves worthy of such a masochistic dreamland. Educators are encouraged by this to write theories without scientific merit and shove them down the throats of scientific-minded individuals until they are "cured". The educators write test questions that Mensa members couldn't figure out with an open-book test
and then chastise the students for missing thier "logic". More of the same treatment out on the patient floors where nurses will eat thier young in the same way, giving them an impossible task, and hovering over them waiting for the most vulnerable moment to tear thier flesh down to the soul.
(sadistic)...............and justify it in the same order as the schools do..................."important to know" they'll say.
It will never end. Both the giver and reciever have an emotional need for the other (synergistic).
I think nursing is different than other professions in that the "rites of passage" end in other professions as you are engaged in the process of learning the core material. For med students, once they complete residency, they are completely unreproachable even by thier peers, but even completing intership does away with most of the hazing of med school. In respiratory therapy, the same holds true. The rite of passage ended during my first clinical rotation, where I was doing the job that the pros were doing. The tests were not complicated with the theory/philosophy mumbo-jumbo. There was no other intent but to give you the tools of a professional RT and to call you one among them.
In nursing the sadists need the masochists to punish as much as the masochists need the sadists to punish them. There can be no professionals in this field that can rise above the cycle of life that supports it. The rites of passage can never be complete.
I think this is the reason for not having an outline for a comprehensive final.............which I have received in every other class I've ever taken that was not a nursing class. The simplistic concepts they take to the extreme are an example of sadistic behavior. Testing our "knowledge" of abstract concepts over such a time period with a typicaly vague guideline of "study everything" is certainly unreasonable. The goal then, cannot be to educate, but to condition
as a master would to thier slave.
I don't see myself being part of the whole sadist/masochist life cycle. I don't buy into much of what the theorists or holistic philosophers are saying. I don't think like a nurse......apparently. I just don't enjoy learning this. I've had the material laid out on my desk for three days, but I can't seem to retain it.
This is coming from a guy that learned ACLS, and passed it
, in three days. I learned rythms by visualization and the algorythms made perfect logical sense after you understood the mechanisms and the pharmacokinetics of the drugs.
Why can't nursing be that crystal clear?
It would not feed the cycle of life that sustains it, that's why.