Welcome to the world of nursing! Keep your seatbelt on, you are in for a wild ride.
I would be happy to respond to your questions. I graduated in 1971 and have been at this now for over thirty years, so I "qualify" to answer your questions.
1. How has healthcare changed? (since 1971)
a) expanded and ever-growing options available to the
consumer - i.e., walk-in clinics, urgent care, out-patient
surgery centers, etc.
b) consumers are better informed about not only their own
health, but the fact that they have "rights" in all of it.
c) most obvious of all - far more expensive
d) today we treat the "total" patient (physical, emotional,
mental, psychological, and spiritual)
e) ever-expanding specialization
f) Family-Centered Practises
2. What is one positive change, and why?
Overall explosion of techno-scientific information available to us -which impacts our ability to diagnose and treat accurately.
3. What is one negative change, and why?
The greatest negative change I have seen is when healthcare entered the "Big Business" arena. Why? Because now it's ALL ABOUT corporate profits, at the expense of compromising the most basic and fundamental bottom line of all of it: safety and quality of care.
Hope this helps.........probably by now you have the info you were looking for, but I enjoyed participating.
Good luck in your career annamarie, and welcome aboard!!