Future Nurses of America, you might say.
The girl in the middle has an expression that just cracks me up!
It’s like she thinks the patient is about ready to explode!
I had that same expression the entire time I was in nursing school.
But that does give me an idea…
We need to start a Future Nurses of America organization starting at the jr. high school level.
I wonder how you start something like that.
Well, well – a quick Google search shows that something akin to this already exists!
So much for my original idea!
(Photo credit: Life Magazine, 1966, Photographer: Leonard Mccombe)
I’m wondering if I am out of touch of nursing education.
Back in the day, when we did our clinicals, we did them at different facilities. I had experiences in the county hospital, a free standing psychiatric facility, a medical center, a couple of community hospitals and a local hospital run by an HMO.
I learned a lot from experiencing different facilities. For one, I knew I sure as heck was not going to work in a county facility. No siree! I discovered I had an affinity for psych nursing and that there was no way in hades that I’d ever work for an HMO.
The point? I had been exposed to different systems, different ways of nursing, different types of patients and different attitudes along the way. Props to Ohlone College – I am the product of a great program that is still going strong.
There is a local hospital that works with nursing students in a BSN program. The students get all their clinical experiences at this one hospital.
Now granted, it’s a decent hospital. It has a psych unit, an ICU, a medical floor, a telemetry floor and a maternity unit. The staff nurses act as adjunct faculty for the clinical students.
Many of the students are hired by this hospital after graduation.
But are they really getting a well-rounded nursing education?
Isn’t it important to experience different types of nursing, different types of facilities, different philosophies, different attitudes, different corporate cultures, different equipment, different ways of performing nursing functions?
Isn’t the ability to adapt something that should be ingrained in a nursing education?
I do think it great that hospitals are willing to partner with universities in educating nurses.
I also think it is a great idea to have staff acting as adjunct faculty for the nursing students; who better to teach than someone who is actually walking the walk.
But I can’t help but think that nursing students are missing out of many learning opportunities by not experiencing nursing at a county hospital, a major medical center (and lord, do we have a TON of those here), a psychiatric facility that has both locked and open units, and a number of community hospitals.
I wonder if the nurses who are hired at other facilities have more “reality shock” than those who stay at the hospital where they did their clinical rotations.
I know this was done under the diploma programs; one hospital for all clinical education. But I submit that nursing is more complex now than it was just 25-30 years ago and one clinical facility does not fit all.
The bottom line? It is expedient for a hospital to partner with a university in this fashion because, essentially, they are educating their future staff.
I wonder if they are really doing the nursing students any favors by limiting their exposure to different clinical situations.
Am I totally off the wall here? If so, please tell me.
Like I said, I may be out of touch with nursing education as it is practiced today and would like to know, especially from the newer RNs, what you thought about your clinical education.
What would you have changed?