Quote from triquee
As an example:
In a recent discussion (in my nursing program) about the etiology of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, only 2 of about 50 students (myself and another Biologist in a past life included) understood and could explain why X-linked recessive alleles are most often expressed in males. A reminder of the chromosomal differences between males and females was insufficient. The majority of the class was still wrapping their minds around the concept of allele pairs and gene inheritance/expression. To say that students are ill-prepared academically is an understatement.
Some folks will argue that that depth of knowledge is not necessary to perform competent bedside nursing care. While that may be true, the assertion casts a certain light on the "nursing as a profession and not a trade" argument.
Whether or not it will be actively utilized in daily professional performance, it will always be my firm belief that when you perform in a clinical environment where you are responsible for peoples lives, it is important to actually understand the scientific principles that drive and inform your interventions.
Quote from SerenePeach
I just popped in to say...Really?? Wow. Makes me wonder about how the people in your class got into the school.
I would think that the majority of the people in my class (and any nursing school) would understand that concept. My program was really competitive to get into (you needed to get good grades and do well on the essay and interview).
I hafta second SerenePeach's comment.... really??? I'm pretty sure 1/4 of my class flunked the test in peds that had to do with recessive disorders, but only half of the people passed the class. My program (an ADN program) was competitive to get in, and to stay in. Only 12% of the class I started with graduated on time, but we have a 100% NCLEX pass rate so far from my class. Not that the NCLEX is that intellectually vigorous, but I would trust almost everyone in my graduating class to take care of me or my family/friends at the bedside.