Okay, so I'm a total advocate for MDs being MDs and RNs being RNs and that there really shouldn't be any nurse who mistakenly thinks of his/her profession like he/she is a doctor. However, it does seem to me, after 4 years of nursing that MDs and hospitals expect RNs to take on more responsibility and have more medical education than my 2 years of nursing education prepaired me for. (I have a BSN but the first 2 years of the 4 years I was being schooled was on general classes...not medicine.)
Frankly I despise my school and feel totally jipped for the education I got compaired to the amount of money I paied...but I guess that's another topic.
I bring this up because I recently had to take a NIH stroke scale class online. It was provided by the American Heart Association and designed for MDs and RNs (like our education should even be in the same catagory). Overall I found the class mostly understandable, but there were times when the vocabulary was way over my head...even after I went and looked it up I still didn't understand the concept. I felt like I do when my poor patients are having to listen to their doctor explain their diagnosis then I have to go look up the diagnosis myself and try to understand it so I can re-explain it to my patients.
I know that when I do this I'm probably missing some important aspects of their diagnosis, but I don't know becuase the diagnosis may be a disease that I'm not very familar with and thus have limited experience with.
Does anyone else feel like they didn't get enough medical knowledge in school to be a very good go between for the patients and the doctor?
Does anyone else feel like the hospitals and MDs expect us to have more knowledge than we graduated with?
I understand the concept of continuing to learn and grow after graduation....but I always feel like I'm only understanding half of what is happening (and I take 20 CEUs a year eventhough my stated does not require me to).
If a doctor goes to school for a minimum of 8 years and has a residency for a minimum of 3 years then shouldn't nursing school be more like this?
Like nursing school should be 4 years of education and 1.5 years of residency (note I did not say preceptorship because an MD's residency is all inclusive).
An MDs residency involves rotations in various settings (medical surgical, surgical, L & D, women's health, etc.) over a 3 year period AND THEN if they want to specialize they go into a fellowship program for another 3ish years.
Nursing education these days is VERY VERY poor and I fear being treated by a new nurse far more than being treated by a new doctor.
What do you think?