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Lev Lev, BSN, RN (Member)

Do you think physicians could pass the NCLEX-RN?

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For what it's worth, physicians are increasingly excluded by the courts as experts on nursing care in legal cases. They have no education in nursing, no licensure in nursing, and no experience performing in the nursing role supervised and evaluated by nurses. Ergo ... they have no standing in such matters.

 

Sure, there's overlap in what we all know and in an increasingly-large number of tasks (BTW, did you know that up to 1959 in CA, it was illegal for nurses to give injections or start IVs, because the extant practice acts limited broaching the skin to physicians? Our practice acts tend to follow, not lead, practice).

 

But as we are not held to physician standard of practice due to lack of education and training in physician work, they cannot be held to nursing standard of practice due to lack of education and training in our work. The sooner everybody understands and embraces that -- and judging by the above comments, that includes nurses-- the better off we will all be.

The NCLEX is a test. Physicians take tons of tests so develop good test taking skills if they didn't have them from the start, and in my experience are generally pretty book smart. I think with a little preparation they'd do fine on the NCLEX, which we're all told again and again is not real world nursing. So no need to get our nurses caps in a bunch about the independence of our profession.

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Deleted; already answered this the first time around.

Edited by OCNRN63

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