Let me start by saying this is not meant to be a criticism of nursing students or any type of nursing program. Based on recent experiences I have to ask if these topics are still covered in nursing school in any detail:1. ABGs. I was sitting next to a nurse and her nursing student. They were going over an ABG result. The nurse asked the student, "what do you know about ABGs?" The student replied, "the taught us ROME, but not really what it means." The nurse asked, "well, do you know the normals?" The student, who is 5 weeks from graduation, "ummm, not really. We really didn't go over them." Huh? In my ADN program we had an entire lecture on ABGs, a quiz on ABGs, ABGs were included in the next exam, and, of course, they were on the NCLEX. The last thing I heard in the conversation was the student saying, "well, I was told they give us all the normals on the NCLEX."2. Passing meds. When I was charge, I heard a nursing instructor tell a nurse who was a preceptor for a student (a different student from example 1), "she [the student] told me she is really uncomfortable passing meds." Later I went to the nurse to see what the issues were. The nurse said, "Jill [name changed to protect the innocent] said that I never went over anything with her about passing meds. She said I didn't tell her about checking the patients' armbands or asking name and birthday before passing a med." Is this not taught in the first term of nursing school? Do schools not teach students about med passing at some point prior to 5 weeks before graduation?3. HIPAA. There has been many cases recently on AN where a student comes to the forum to ask about a potential HIPAA violation. Many times a student has said, "they really didn't cover HIPAA in school." Again, this was covered in painful detail, multiple times, when I was in school.I repeat, this is not meant as a criticism of any student. I am just curious as to what is going on in these schools.