Thanks for your responses. I am a nurse faculty member so it's interesting to hear how preparation differs. I think my ASN and BSN students only have 600-800 hours of clinical, maybe 150 hours of precepting in the last semester (directly shadowing a nurse) and maybe another 100 working on simulations or out in the community in those settings, and the rest of the time is spent in the classroom. Typically BSN training is 2 years of core classes (English, chemistry or biology, microbiology, a&p, 2 mates and humanities courses) and 2 years of actual nursing school. All schools vary in the order of the courses but my school does:
1st semester: fundamentals with clinical in a nursing home, assessment with lab hours, nursing theory, and patho
2nd semester: pharmacology, mental health with clinicals in those settings, gerontology, and medical-surgical 1
3rd semester: obstetrical with clinicals, pediatrics with clinical and medical-surgical/critical care wih clinical
4th semester: leadership, community with clinical, and a practicum course where they precept and prep for NCLEX.
Our ASN students have core as well (1 English, 1 math, microbiology, 2 psychology, a&p), some of which they can do while in the program. They do not get separate leadership, theory, gerontology pharmacology and patho content, but they get the rest. They learn critical care in their final semester.
Most states do not view the ASN and BSN differently since they take the same boards, but the BSN is typically the standard for graduate school.
interesting to hear that it takes longer to specialize in Ireland. Many larger hospitals here have residency or transition programs for new nurses to get them comfortable with the setting. I have students hired to OR, ICU, ER, neonatal and peds ICU. A couple other questions if you're still reading my long post.
1. How do nurses become faculty members?
2. Do you have nurses in your operating rooms?
3. Do you have nurses in the community setting (home health)?
4. Do you think the low pay is due to being government employees?