Quote from buntosanya
I so much agree that UK training is so sub standard. I recently qualified 7 months ago as an adult learner and I have always known throughout my training that is something is very wrong with the curriculum, especially the A&P, we only went through 4 Systems, Cardiovascular, REspiratory, DIgestive & the nervous system out of the whole 12 systems. I felt that the training was quite shallow. I won't necessarily put it down to the students not being smart enough, the students applied themselves to what was required of them to study. I am quite positive that most of us would have been willing to apply ourselves to more rigorous studies if expected of us. I try to do my best post qualification to gain knowledge from different sources as much as I can, even though I wish my training was of a higher standard. It is a shame that our qualification is not acceptable in USA, Canada is giving us a chance by providing a bridging programme.
I am of the opinion that nursing in UK should go back to a general nursing that incorporates all areas, mental health, adult & child, after qualification people can work in their area of interest and increase their knowledge and skills while in that area.
I am UK trained, and when I studied for NCLEX, I found that I had virtually no knowledge in biochemistry and pharmacology, compared to US nurses.
I recall that our only pharmacology training in the UK was the '5 rights' - right drug, patient, time, dose and route.
I honestly don't recall learning any more than that.
And as for biochemistry and lab values, well, that was "for the doctors, not nurses".
So the UK now imports nurses from countries with US style training, knowing that have sound clinical knowledge and skills that the home-grown nurses do not.
I also see Filipino RNs working as HCAs, because their English language skills are not quite up to standard, and they have failed the IELTS.
Not only is that an insult to HCAs everywhere, (implying that patient communication does not matter), but its also laughable when so many UK trained nurses have poor linguistic skills themselves.
I am tired if trying to read nursing notes which are littered with spelling and grammatical errors. Not only are they difficult to read, but potentially also misleading and therefore dangerous.
I'm not talking about doctor's handwriting here, (that is a whole diffferent ballgame, don't get me started on that one!). but about basic communication.