My nursing program was very nursing care oriented (vs disease managment) and it felt like that put us at a disadvantage as new grads. Colleagues expected nursing school
grads to know how to manage the different disease processes. Sure, I could look up what I didn't know and ask colleagues for their help, but in doing so, I sure heard a lot of "what did they teach you in school anyway?"
And I don't care if it's lecture or facilitated learning or group projects or whatever, the most important part of a curriculum is the content. And, to me, nursing school seems to try to cover way too much content (all that disease process and management) while at the same time de-emphasizing that very same content by making almost all testing look like NCLEX questions - many of which can be figured out without a thorough comprehension of disease management - and is by no means comprehensive if you only have 60 questions for 400 pages of content. The nursing care plans
we had to write were 80% psychosocial, coping, comfort, ADLs and the like, with 20% or less being about disease management.
My school certainly did emphasize autonomous nursing practice... lots of focus on therapeutic communication, skin breakdown prevention, avoiding constipation, patient eduation and the like. But that wasn't very appreciated by nursing colleagues who expected a nursing school grad to know how to prioritize the nursing care for several acutely ill patients, the highest priority after basic ABCs being disease management.
Any thoughts on the curriculum by educators?
For context, I initially wrote this in response to this posting about a seminar on rebuilding nursing education; a moderator created a new thread for it. http://allnurses.com/nursing-faculty...-a-382687.html