Oh, and one other thing I have noticed. I precept nursing students and have done so for several years sometimes for several weeks, sometimes for only one day, but I almost always have a nursing student with me during any given week. I love to teach, I work in a teaching hospital, I even do some teaching to surgical residents and keep their behinds from being singed on a regular basis. Here is a casual observation that I have come to look at much more critically in the last year. I get BSN students, I get AAS students. And I work in the OR so I teach the planning and care of surgical patients and let my students follow a patient from beginning to end. My BSN students never seem to ask questions. I can rarely get them to the field to look. They don't even seem to have a cursory knowledge of basic anatomy or even passing base knowledge in drugs as common as epinepherine or solumedrol. They never bring anything with them to write on. They don't even seem to have any concept of why they are there other than to observe. On the other hand, my AAS students come with notepad in hand, write down things, ask about nursing care plans
, look at instruments, etc., etc.
Is this a difference in objectives from a BSN program and an AAS program. When I was in school, we had preprinted objectives, and they best be met by the student during their observations in ICU, OR, or whatever. The only BSN students I can get engaged are those who know they want to be advance practice nurses, like FP, CRNA, etc. What's up with that?