Quote from oldiebutgoodie
I suppose I could sorta agree with the public health aspect if this course wasn't such a time waster. Example: Compare and contrast your population (we had to select a population for an intervention) with your classmates.
Well, gee, mine are white and theirs is black, mine is rural and theirs is urban. Ok, yeah, I get it.
I assume you are being sarcastic in this post because if the only significant differences you see in those two populations are their color and their location, then you really don't get it.
Unfortunately, a lot of students really don't get it. They don't see how the many differences between these two populations would change your assessments and types of health services needed be each group. For some students, they really need such exercises to get them to see how those differences would effect their practice. Without such exercises, they would create standard protocols and programs that would not take those differences into account. It's a shame, but it's true -- and that's why such exercises are needed.
I teach in a BSN completion program ... and while I have some great students and respect them immensly, I am always surprised by how little some of them know and/or how little some of them have thought about. So often, I feel bad being "so basic" in class only to have the students say, "Gee, I never thought of that before," or "Thanks, no one ever explained that to me before," etc.
Who was it that you could never underestimate the public? They were right.