Published Apr 8, 2014
I am an accelerated MEPN student in my second semester of 6 at a university that my whole cohort refers to as the university of youtube. The name came about because we have had multiple professors say, "just look it up on youtube!" when asked questions by students. GAH!
I can only teach myself so much about how to be a nurse - I need professors that actually teach. Youtube and Google only goes so far. It's not an option for me to switch schools - so what things can I do to compensate for the lack of instruction I am receiving?
I'm passing all my classes with As, but I feel I could/should be learning a lot more.
HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD
OMG - this is so wrong. How in the world can they attest to the accuracy of the information? Have these materials been reviewed and validated? This is completely antithetical to the underlying principles of Evidence-Based Practice. Horrible.
This is why I'm weird about MEPN and DEMSN programs. So many of them seem to lack what slower routes offer. I'm in a BSN program, and we do our share of utilizing Dr. Google and YouTube, but our instructors don't rely on that. Are there online forums for your classes where the instructors interact with you?
Utilize your books and classmates to the fullest possible extent. That's really about all you can do if you instructors are worthless.
ArrowRN, BSN, RN
Well they should not be referring you to youtube and google, however in our BSN program its common for them to make us look stuff up or research things ourselves. I use youtube to gain better understanding only because I'm a visual learner. Fact is as a nurse you will have to look up stuff on your own for the rest of your career so it's not entirely a bad habit they are teaching you. I know it's frustrating but if you look something up and then bring it to the instructor for clarification that might be worth a try.
My health assessment teacher is like this. 1/4 of her lecture is YouTube, which is good and bad. I think youtube is a good resource, but I pay tuition for these classes.
You really just have to do the best with what you have. Professors only do so much, so it comes down to you to teach yourself the rest.
What sort of things are you they telling you too look up? If my program wants me to watch a video, they have either made it themselves or linked to it if it is on YouTube. The YouTube videos are usually examples of what we going over in class, not actually new information for us to learn.
They present youtube videos AS the new material, no every professor is like this, but enough to make me cringe. But I have just decided, as IThinkICan100 mentioned that my success is up to me and how much I put into studying.
Just curious, I don't hear a lot about MEPN programs (Master Entry level Program in Nursing), how does that work? Does it get you a BSN first and you sit the NCLEX then go straight into being an Advance Nurse? or do you plan to go straight into management?
So for my program it requires that you complete all the normal nursing pre-reqs have a bachelor's in any field, and they prefer some nursing related work experience. The master's is to study to become a Clinical Nurse Leader - see the AACN for description on this certification/ job. Its a certification that I will qualify to take the test for after I graduate. I will not get my BSN, just MSN and (hopefully) gain employment as a staff nurse, same as BSN graduate would, in position and pay.
The advantage is that you have the opportunity for more advanced postions which require a master's - after gaining experience. It prepares you with classes on advanced practice nursing, clinical nurse leadership, management courses, and even didactic time shadowing a nurse manager and assisting a unit with a specific problem by implementing EBP. In summary, I would call it nursing school with a pre-management/pre-NP emphasis.
In my case, I figured that I wanted to get my MSN anyway, so why not do it in one shot. And if I plan on getting a PhD, or DNP - I can just jump into it after some years at the bedside, without having to go back to school.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions!
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