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Do you think nurses aren’t taught enough about general emergencies/basic info about emergency medicine?

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Until the nurse is in a real situation enough times to perfect what they know, practice on dummies and unreal situations are only so helpful.

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1 hour ago, Workitinurfava said:

Until the nurse is in a real situation enough times to perfect what they know, practice on dummies and unreal situations are only so helpful.

Which is why trainings should be scenario based, practiced in real time, and hands on.  This is the model used in the outdoor industry with excellent results. 

Wilderness first aid has been taught this way for years with excellent results.  Wilderness  instructors and guides with appropriate training can competently manage medical and traumatic emergencies despite minimal real world experience.  (If your raft guide is an expert at dealing with rafting injuries, she/he isn't very good at guiding.)

True- you can not teach expertise: That is gained through experience.  But good instruction goes a long way to developing competence- As nurses, we have been subject to a lot of crappy instruction.

Even marginal instruction can have some decent results.  Many CPR classes are not taught at a particularly high standard, yet thousands of lay people with no expertise have successfully contributed to resuscitations.

 

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