This summer, I am taking Bio I and II together along with calculus, both for personal enrichment and because I plan to get a science PhD after my MSN or go on to med school once I have my loans paid off/finish the prerequisites. Anyhow, I am finding molecular/cellular biology to be INCREDIBLY useful to my current nursing practice and to my practice in NP school (I have one year left to go) and I'm only in the second week of classes! I am finding the material to be applicable to many things, and feel I almost missed out on something by not having this included in nursing school/NP school. I've also been reading some chemistry textbooks and physics textbooks and these also are giving me a much deeper understanding of pharmacology and how what I prescribe for patients or interventions that I perform as an RN "work" and I appreciate my practice that much more.
Am I crazy for thinking nursing and NP school, much like med school/physical therapy school, should include these as courses required in the curriculum? A year of physics, biology, chemistry and organic chemistry I feel would not only give greater knowledge to our graduates and a deeper understanding of the physical world, but also give greater creedence to our profession, ie: we have the science AND the heart! I am finding what I am learning to be SO much more applicable to my learning than theory, research, communication, and policy ever were, and that's comparing classes I've had for a whole semester versus ones I've been in for only 2 weeks so far. I can only imagine how useful biophysics will be when I get to it.
I subscribe to the "don't be a douchebag to your patients and listen to what they're saying" philosophy and did so LONG before nursing school so maybe that's why I find most of the current curriculum useless. lol
Out of curiosity, why would you want to go to med school after getting your NP? Is this a new development for you (as in would you have chosen med school straight out if you could go back) or would you feel that both are useful?
I'm curious as I'm soon to start in an AcBac program and my first degree is in Biochemistry (with over 3 years working in a lab) and feel that my academic background has given me an advantage over my pre-req taking classmates, but nonetheless, I'm consciously choosing nursing over med school and may or may not take an NP one day.
Also, based on my experience with a year of Organic Chemistry (12 credits lecture and 10 credits lab) and a wussy Microbiology class that I'm taking now as a pre-req, I don't think they are at all comparable. I don't think the Organic Chemistry particularly would make a big difference on whether someone is a good nurse or not, other than the memorization skills...
Last edit by tigerlogic on Jun 6, '12
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