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razzledazzle2428 has 2 years experience and specializes in Student Nursing.

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    Did anyone feel that the RN to BSN classes were utterly pointless?

    I understand that it is a good thing to be generally educated and be exposed to new ideas, and gain knowledge that will help outside the profession as well as in. But in my opinion, the BSN as it stands achieves neither of these objectives. I would have no problem with them devoting a class or two to advocacy (and frankly, the several classes that I have taken on the subject have required so little work they could easily be compressed into one without any material lost). However, if they are going to require more education, it seems to me that devoting a portion of that required education to address clinical preparation makes more sense than 6 different classes that literally teach the same principles of advocacy in a dozen different ways. Even national nursing organizations have recognized that here in the united states we have a problem with clinically underprepared new nurses. In my opinion, teaching the exact same concept in a dozen different ways and then giving them college credit along with more letters by their name makes them neither a more educated person nor a more capable nurse. There hasn't been a single clinically-related assignment on anything. They seem more worried about our ability to cite APA than our ability to be able to care for a patient correctly (I understand the need for proper formatting for papers as that is standard in college, but my program literally requires us to have an APA citation for each discussion post, discussion responses and each individual answer on worksheets we have done! On worksheets for heavens sakes!). Overall, I understand what your are saying I am supposed to be getting out of this despite the lack of clinical focus, but I don't feel like that purpose is even being accomplished. I would still submit that they need a greater mix of both practical, clinical applications along with general advocacy training. Everything I have experiences so far just seems like fluff to allow hospitals to add more letters to the names of their nurses and pretend they are more qualified.
  2. I just got my RN a couple of months ago and am now finishing up my BSN. I am getting so frustrated with my classes, as so far absolutely nothing has had anything to do with on the floor nursing. Perhaps my struggles come from the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in working in management or participating in research. I love working the floor and have no intention of leaving it, and was hoping to get more in depth information clinical specialties. Everything in the program is about pushing advocacy and trying to get us involved in the politics of healthcare. On top of that, our advocacy lessons are spread over multiple different classes that could easily be compressed into one and cover the same material with ease. All the stuff about advocacy and helping the underserved is all well and good in principle. In practice however, from what I've seen in the facilities where I have done clinicals and worked is that the nurses who try to push for changes get ignored, derided, and if they push to hard for a good idea, just get fired for pushing managements' buttons too much. Even the managers who would like to change things always get rejected by the suits in control, and I have even seen managers get fired for trying to push corporate to change things too much. Besides, in my experience, the nurses are too busy running like crazy to get all the meds and treatments done and the social worker is the one that takes care of all the advocacy and ensuring that underserved populations are connected to necessary resources. I don't have time to sit down with the patients and have in depth chats with them about their issues (much as I might like too), and I have always figured that is why we have social workers to take care of these issues for us anyway. I am normally one who believes it is important to obtain more education, and I agree with those who say that having a bachelor's degree helps put us on a more professional level equal with our colleagues. I just feel that in the final year of my degree that at least some of it should be applicable to my job, especially given how unprepared I felt entering the clinical setting as an ADN grad. If I was in charge of the BSN programs, the first semester classes would be focused on advanced pathophysiology, in depth critical care, management of all the machines in the ICU, how to respond to emergency situations, and focus on so many other aspects of nursing that only got a day or two's worth of coverage in the first couple of years. This would be followed by a second semester that would be essentially a semester long-preceptorship where the nurse would work full time as a preceptor in the hospital, changing to a new wing every few weeks to ensure that there was exposure to various specialties. I feel like something like that would have made me so much more confident in my abilities as a beginning nurse. Thinking about it now, perhaps the frustration with how underprepared I felt entering the clinical setting is partly what is fueling my frustration with the current focus of my classes. At this point however, I am understanding more and more why I have heard so many nurses say that BSN stands for "Bull-S*%# nursing degree. So far I feel like absolutely nothing I have learned will make me any better at my current or future job. I'm still going to keep going. I live in an area where the BSN is required now for hospital employment (or at least, you have to have it within a year of hiring as an RN to keep your job), so I have just accepted at this point that I will have to bite the bullet and get through this. Am I crazy for feeling this way?