GilaRN I know, I recently attended a preceptorship and mentoring inservice (one day) course and I was the only Irish one there, I remarked to the presenter (during morning tea) how much of the day felt like a rehash of my personal and professional development lectures from uni. You the ones............Listening, communication, learning styles, diversity in healthcare (age/race/gender/beliefs, etc.), self awareness, reflection.
She had been running these courses for about 2 years with 2 big hospitals and she said that the Irish nurses always said that to her but very rare for the Aussie or other internationally trained nurse to remarke on it.
Mind you I HATED PPD lectures when I was at uni..........mainly cause they were on a Monday and Friday morning..........Monday cause I was back for a full 37hr week at uni after working about 25hr at the weekend and Friday morning cause well after Thursday night (AKA student night at the pub)
But I realise after doing the Honey & Mumford (1970) Learning Styles questionnaire (AGAIN!) that I am still an activist/pragmatist learner rather than a reflector or theorist!
But we had very little fluff in our course - loads of Nursing theory and anatomy and patho-physiology, psych and sociology, law and ethics (only issue there was our lecturer was a disbarred barrister for turning up to court drunk and was off the wagon more than on it) research and health statistics and pharmacology which was kind of melted into A&P and nursing theory as well as a stand alone lecture . All pretty relevant I think.
Mind you a class on how to deal with patients wandering hands would of been nice..........but working in a bar taught me that one...........I have a fantastic dirty look that stops most of them in their tracks or a sharp "Stop it!" with full on Irish accent does the trick.