A few weeks ago I was going to post a topic similar to this because it was brought up in my class. It seems that other allied health majors on my campus (PTA/OTA) go through all the book work, labs, exams and practicals, THEN they have 8 consecutive weeks (50 hours/wk) of clinical.
They are prepared and have all the information and "know-how" to apply in practice, while still supervised. This would seem like a better way...
It is no secret that I hate the care plan. One of the biggest reasons is because I tend to get patients that have diseases or conditions that I have not learned yet. For example, last week my patient had end stage renal failure, was on a laundry list of drugs, and had cellutlitis. Well, I have learned all about Respiratory diseases, and cardiac problems, etc.......renal problems are going to be taught the week of Oct 20th. So half the night I am reading and searching for the information that I need for the next day! If I had all the information first, it would be so much easier to understand, rationalize the interventions and treatments, KNOW the nursing implications and most importantly for me, understand exactly what is going on with this patient...
Last semester, I had Peds and OB.......the rotation went in such a way that I had L&D first day....I didn't learn how to interpret that fetal monitor strip until the 3rd week of class!!
By the end of the semester it had all "clicked" but the frustration of it all is at times agony!
It is my opinion that we should have all the book work, exams, etc, FIRST, then put it into practice. I feel sorry for anyone who is taking pre-reqs WITH the nursing classes! That has to be even more frustrating!!
Well....just my vent...sorry to go on for so long! It is obvious that everyone gets through it somehow, and maybe nurses are better for it!