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Whither the Nursing Shortage? "...Also, there's evidence that in some markets at least, the tough economy and surge of RNs into the workplace have made it tougher for new graduates to find... Read More

  1. Visit  lindarn profile page
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    I was talking to my dentist recently. I was discussing the, "dumbing down", of nursing programs, and how too many nurses graduate without learning the most basic skills.

    She told me that when she was in dental school, and they were taking final exams at the end of the year, the students had to find "THEIR OWN 'PATIENTS' ", to work on and, and demonstrate their skills at things like, doing a routine filling, extracting teeth, placing crowns, etc. You get the picture. She said that she did a root canal on her next door neighbor.

    The dental work to the patients is free, since it was done by students. All the work is supervised, and there is a licensed dentist at every test site to help the students if things are not going right.

    I was amazed at what she told me, but you have to agree, at least the dental schools are graduating students who can hit the ground running.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
  2. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from lindarn
    I was talking to my dentist recently. I was discussing the, "dumbing down", of nursing programs, and how too many nurses graduate without learning the most basic skills.

    She told me that when she was in dental school, and they were taking final exams at the end of the year, the students had to find "THEIR OWN 'PATIENTS' ", to work on and, and demonstrate their skills at things like, doing a routine filling, extracting teeth, placing crowns, etc. You get the picture. She said that she did a root canal on her next door neighbor.

    The dental work to the patients is free, since it was done by students. All the work is supervised, and there is a licensed dentist at every test site to help the students if things are not going right.

    I was amazed at what she told me, but you have to agree, at least the dental schools are graduating students who can hit the ground running.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    NYU Dental School runs a huge free/reduced fee clinic system for their students. It is open to low income and others without the means to see a *regular* dentist and even has a special discount plan for students local NY colleges and universities. Everything is done from routine cleaning to advanced work including peridontal, implants, crowns, etc.

    The only fly in the ointment is that since students are performing the work (supervised of course) it can be quite slow to get things done.

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