Anybody else tired of taking pre-reqs? - page 3

I know that we need them in order to get into the nursing program but some of them seem SOOOOOO useless! I have a Dialogue class and all we do is read this wierd book that the professor wrote himself, nobody understands it and we... Read More

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    bbmtnbb: I agree with you completely. I honestly don't get the schools that offer Intro to Nursing before people even finish Biology 101.

    I had the "not-getting-classes" thing when I was taking pre-reqs my senior year in high school. I remember feeling upset because I struggled to get a spot in classes where I knew people would start dropping like flies the second week in. Not fun.

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    Quote from SaraMC
    I HATE sociology. I feel it's pointless and does not pertain to what I really need to know and takes time away from my important subjects(A&P , etc) but its required. I'm about to take humanities and dev. Psych in spring. Hopefully I won't feel that way about them. It just sucks going from full on science study mode to learning why society governs criminal actions. Lol
    Sociology is very important when you deal with patients from other cultures and why as a society we have the rules/norms that we do. What you as a member of one particular culture finds odd may be common in anothers culture and vice versa. It the big scheme of things it has a point an does pertain to information you need to know. As I'm sure you learned, some cultures find eye contact as being very rude and take offense when someone looks at them directly when speaking, where as in the American culture its looked upon as rude to NOT make eye contact. It may help you understand why a certain patient acts a certain way. Nursing isn't just about science. Just my $0.02.
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    CT Pixie: In my sociology class, we talked about crime. I think talking understanding crime helped me put away my biases about criminals. In nursing, despite the crime... we must still treat people as human beings.

    I hope when I finish nursing school, I'll be able to work in detox or corrections. Those are areas that interest me.
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    My sociology class went into all aspects of the norms/bias etc of different cultures and the different components of cultures (crime, marriage, family, etc). Like you, we also explored into the subject of crimes and the different ways it was looked upon and treated in different cultures.

    I actually am in my in-patient psych/substance abuse clinical rotation for my LPN to RN bridge program and I am not wired to work with psych and/or substance abuse patients. While I won't and don't treat them any differently than I do a patient who wasn't an addict, that area isn't an area I like working in. I have been complimented by my clinical instructor, the in-patient psych staff as well as the patients on how well I do in that setting, it's just not for me. Although I did like the adolescent psych unit.
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    Sociology is very important in understanding people. There is so much diversity in healthcare, society, education etc. that it seems crucial to have a solid foundation in sociology so you can better relate to each individual patient.

    All of the pre-reqs I took an important foundation for starting nursing school in my opinion.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Every pre req I've taken can help me in some way with preparing for nursing school EXCEPT this darn music class I had to pick as an elective!! It's consuming all my time and I hate it lol.
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    Ahh....silly rabbit...don't you know..that is how you weed out the wannabes? I earned my BSN in '08 and a LOT of people quit along the way saying things were "'dumb" or "pointless"...ok? I have noticed excuses like that are normally the way people get out of doing the work. If ones says a class is "pointless" it helps make them feel better about being a quitter. Everyone wants the big time but no one wants to work for it.
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    They may seem like a waste of time, but I am certain that they are needed to help you become a well-rounded nurse. For instance, Sociology and Developmental Psych especially help to educate you about how to relate and understand a diverse group of patients on a personal level. ....To understand how old age affects psyche, or how socioeconomic status can affect a person's likelihood to seek medical care etc. etc. They equip you with the tools to empathize. You need those attributes! Why wouldn't you want those qualities as a nurse?
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    I'm in CA and while it's annoying and seems pointless, CA has really tough requirements to get into nursing programs at JC's and UC's so for those types of schools it's a way to weed students out.
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    One should remember, you are earning a degree not just a title. I too cannot stand all the pre's and co's. I am now in a BSN program and feel that many of the classes are useless, unlike some people who have posted SOC is a waste of brain power as well as some early NUR classes but like I said you're earning a degree which means, in short, a well rounded education. Learning and becoming educated is much different than getting a degree. Many people have a degree but are not educated because they didn't learn, they just skated by... But all in all I do hate taking all these classes too and someday we will all be happy its over Best of luck to everyone!!!

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