fourthml (928 Views)
Joined Jan 21, '07.
Posts: 14 (36% Liked)
After reading this entire thread, I'm more convinced than ever that the diploma mills are majorly on the hook for this situation. Of course every generation of students has its share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. But before the "nursing shortage" (which doesn't currently exist and hasn't for years) caught fire in the media and the for-profit schools started popping up everywhere, nursing school would take care of the bad and the ugly. Either they'd be taught to change their ways before they got to clinicals or they wouldn't even make it to clinicals.
Another issue: There are good, bad and ugly in nursing instructors as well. When I was in nursing school 15 years ago, an instructor with an advanced degree earned less than a floor nurse. I don't know if that has changed, but I doubt it. In fact, I suspect that nursing instructor salaries may currently be even lower, relatively speaking. I also suspect that many quality would-be instructors have bailed on the teaching aspect of nursing due to the outrageous costs of education, coupled with poor salary potential. Who do you think the for-profit schools are hiring to teach their students? An experienced doctorate-prepared instructor with 20 years of nursing experience? Or a newly-minted MSN who comes cheap but literally has no nursing experience except for clinicals?
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