Quote from sharonp30
Do you feel that the nurses today are trained as well as they were when you had to hit the books and dig the info out?
I'm just interested in everyone's opinion.
From a purely technical point of view I think nurses are probably better trained now because current information is so much easier to access. It takes about a quarter of the time to access information now as it did even 15 years ago. The internet, the web, PCs, laptops, smartphone apps, Kindle and on it goes.
That pattern is really a continuation of a constant evolution though, as I recently discovered when I saw a training video for pediatric nurses produced in the 1940s. As a nurse trained in the 1970s, I laughed because the video depicted the nurse handing out hair ribbons and moving very slooooooowly . . .
You could argue that the time required in unearthing information in the past created a more diligent learner, but my view is that you still have to be just as diligent now, but your task is to sort out what is important in the avalanche of instantly available information, which is just as arduous to me.
There are multiple components to the training of nurses, though. Things like professional behavior, ethics, and the not well-defined term of "nursing culture" seems to have suffered through the years, but perhaps that is part of the changes in the society at large. My