Question of the Month: Should A & P Content Be "Retaught?" - page 2

There seems to be great controversy afoot as to whether "old content" (especially anatomy and physiology) should be "retaught" in nursing curriculum. Arguments against "reteaching" include: ... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Nope. :stone

    Where I went to school, we were told to keep our A/P books for reference (in A/P by our professor), and we were held responsible for the information learned from class in those books. The prof said they would not be re-teaching A/P in nursing, medical or pharmacy school, so learn it "now" and keep the books for later reference. The Director of Nursing, in her "welcome" speech, said the exact same things. The things learned in "pre-requisite" coursework, we were held responsible for; her instuctors would *not* re-teach any of it. She was not lying. And we were busy enough, just doing nursing coursework.

    So yes, as a pre-requisite course, this meant knowledge of A/P, microbio, chem, psychologic and sociologic sciences, etc. was "assumed" when nursing school material was presented.

    In my mind, it's a lot like taking math you advance, you build on concepts you already knew/know. They don't spend a whole lot of time re-teaching Addition and Subtraction in college algebra, nor should they.

    As an adult learner, if you don't know the material, it's your responsiblity to review it and if needed, re-learn it. That would be taking adult responsiblity for learning. This is college, not high school, and big bucks are not paid by students to relearn lots of material we already had before. Time is way too short. (as is money).

    I managed to get through nursing school with very good grades, even in patho-phys, which, obviously, builds on the student's knowledge of basic A/P. (a course I had taken over 2 years' prior).

    My question for you is: Why should you waste time, money and resources re-teaching what is a *pre-requisite* course? I mean-------there is way too much else to learn as a student nurse, and in very short time.
    I agree with this - we took all our anatomy, physiology, micro, chemistry classes as pre-req's, before the nursing program. We were responsible for this knowledge.

    Having said that, I think it is impossible to continue to teach nursing without touching on these subjects again. When we discuss taking care of diabetic patients in DKA or HTNK, the instructors of course explained what DKA and HTNK were. So, information overlaps.

    I've been surprised to learn that some nursing programs have these basic courses as co-reqs . . . . I think that is crazy. But that is just me.