Nursing school, setting you up for failure??? - page 3

I have a question to all nursing students....My brother is 22 years old and just transferred to a university after finishing his pre-reqs at a community college for financial reasons. Well to make a... Read More

  1. by   Daytonite
    Quote from kstec
    thanks for everyone's input. . .he is doing excellent in clinicals and thoroughly enjoys working with his patients, but is having a hard time with the whole critical thinking concept (testing). i too had a hard time adapting the the concept and i think most students do. . .i still don't think one semester is an appropriate amount of time to give someone time to get the hang of critical thinking. the main part he has trouble with is the testing. he eliminates the two obviously wrong ones and then somehow picks the wrong one out of the two left. he's asked for help and explanations repeatedly to no avail. oh well, he will move on and either apply somewhere else or switch majors, but how sad, he really wanted to be a nurse and i think he would of been a good one.
    this subject of critical thinking comes up a lot on the student forums and i have responded to a lot of questions about it. last summer i started working on just that in relation to writing care plans and a link to a form i developed is now attached to my signature so all can download and use it. in developing it i tried to put in writing how to put the pieces of how to think critically together. but, it has to be done over and over with many different examples. in nursing school you have to know and understand the nursing process. in making a decision about which of the two responses to a question are correct, it sometimes comes down to where in the nursing process the question has taken you. if you don't have a good foundation of what the nursing process is to begin with, you're doomed to getting the right answer 50% of the time.

    your brother should look for another school, try to get into an lpn school and go that route, or even go into a completely different, but related profession. i have a cousin who is a pa working in an er and she loves to get together and talk shop. she gets to do a lot more procedures that we nurses can't. another possibility is to become a surgical assistant. with the nursing shortage, some hospitals have put sas in place of the scrub nurses in the ors. since my back went bad i've been taking classes in health information management (used to be called medical records) which is expanding dramatically because of computers and the coming of the electronic health record. the amount of anatomy and pathophysiology and knowledge of the medical procedures you have to know for this career is astounding. it's very challenging when you add all the medicare and state laws and insurance regulations to it. you get to read thousands and thousands of charts and see how care was given.

    these are all possibilities your brother should consider. no education is ever a waste or a loss. as an sa, lpn or pa and some work experience he can later back door his way into nursing if he still wants to--and probably with tuition assistance from an employer as well!