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I'm so sick of the "fluff"

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Hi fellow students!

Just a quick vent... any one else feel like all we do in nursing school is "fluff" (e.g. idealistic care plans, teaching plans, and Gordan's assessments). At what point are they actually going to teach us to take care of a patient, rather than making sure we teach guided imagery and relaxation techniques to our severely hypoxic patient?!? I'm just tired of the BS and worry that we will be done with school, and have no clue on how to do patient care/ recognize "big sick" versus "little sick" patients.

Am I alone in these feelings?

:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

TCASII, ADN

Has 9 years experience.

Nursing school is definitely full of fluff or busy work that distracts from real learning. If we could spend that time actually learning skills, nursing, and medical info, then most nurses would be a lot better after they graduated. It isn't so much the care plans for me, rather the APA papers and worksheets/case studies that we aren't graded on.

Nursing school is such a mess. I would never recommend anyone go to nursing school because of the insurmountable problems and amount of overhaul it needs.

TCASII, ADN

Has 9 years experience.

Clinicals? How does that allow you to learn/read about diseases, pharmacology (internal effects), and so on....?

Clinical time is relatively short in the grand scheme of things. We aren't medical students or postgraduate MDs in residency, unfortunately.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Clinicals? How does that allow you to learn/read about diseases, pharmacology (internal effects), and so on....?

Clinical time is relatively short in the grand scheme of things. We aren't medical students or PGYs, unfortunately.

We learn all this in my program. We take 2 pharm classes and a patho class. Clinicals are great. I learned more "real world" nursing on my first night of Med/surge clinicals than I had the semester before.

I have been for the most part happy with my program.

TCASII, ADN

Has 9 years experience.

Of course we have class time for book learning. I'm referring to the OPs issue with fluff/busy work. I'm in an accelerated program so full of fluff that the time for study is diminished greatly. Very frustrating.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Of course we have class time for book learning. I'm referring to the OPs issue with fluff/busy work. I'm in an accelerated program so full of fluff that the time for study is diminished greatly. Very frustrating.

Although I don't really like the fluff work, I can't really complain, from what I read on this board, we have a pretty minimal amount of it. I am in my third semester and about done with another class and so far in my whole program we have written 3 or 4 APA papers which were all easy to do. Done a few projects and do on average 2-3 care maps per class for the entire length of the class. I just finished my clinical for Pysch and that was by far the most fluff work for one class I have done and even so, it probably wasn't that bad.

ok2bme

Specializes in Psych, EMS.

Ogosh yes. I recently graduated from an accelerated BSN program, and it had so much fluff that is inapplicable to practice. Nursing school is too short to do APA papers on the theory of caring, history of nursing, cultural sensitivy...yes cultural sensitivity is important but it is something I have learned by being an adult in society. I feel like all of the fluff was at the expense of learning the true practical knowledge and skills of nursing.