From Amy's post
I was reading someone's comment about nursing theory in a different post and it seemed to talk in circles. Like to help patients you must understand yourself to understand how they feel and how their health is blah blah blah.
Where to begin.........
You've made an observation early enough to do something about your career track. Let me tell you, there is no shortage of that psychological double-speak in nursing school. You will be required to read, and actualy act like you care
about thier psychosocial, spiritual well-being.(if we only had an emesis avatar).
I can see the look on the nurse I'm assigned to when I ask whether they think Mr. so-and-so is in "integrity vs dispair" and how that affects his care.
I am a fist year nursing student. I am taking Development through the life-span for the third, and last time. I have dropped the course twice because I was shocked that I would be required to learn such garbage. After inquiring about this sort of "touchy-feely" science
thing being used in nursing, I was assured by experienced instructors that only nursing schools try to apply that sort of theory,
praticing nurses wouldn't know what you're talking about
I also want the autonomy and status of being an NP. I considered Physiscian's Assistant, but RN's are getting too much money for part-time work to justify not going through with it, and the PAs are not as autonomouse nor as well paid.
Psyhc, sociology, and psychosocial development are practicaly worthless, but they show up in the curriculum constantly. The NP programs I've looked into require a 3.2 GPA just to apply, so you not only need to buy into it but you will need to get the grades to prove that.
It is a complete mystery to me as to why these theories would be taught, though few practicing nurses remember, much less use them.
These theories go all the way though until the NP program, then you can kiss this touchy-feely crap goodbye and start to learn how to take care of a patient's real needs. Until then I think we are only going to learn that one-on-one with the patient in clinicals.
Now if that's not enough to give you a clear picture, ask someone about CARE PLANS
. Even my clinical instructor thinks they're a load.