Why Nursing Coursework is Now a Thing of the Past
Many nursing schools vie for school-based lessons three out of four years that you spend in university. It has been the standard for many years, but many schools these days increasingly divide the curriculum into formal and practical training. And this is a good thing because nursing expertise comes with experience. Books can only do so much with training, and so to be exposed to hospital work as a student can provide strong foundations for your future career.
The old curriculum includes the following subjects: zoology, chemistry, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, health care, health economics, pharmacology, foundational subjects, nursing care, community health development, rehabilitation, nursing management, and a whole other generalist topics.
The new curriculum includes many practical courses before absent in many nursing schools.
New subjects include:
– Nursing practice lecture and clinical practice
– Nursing management of adults with acute/chronic health problems lecture and clinical practice
– Nutrition for clinical practice
– Nursing care of mothers, newborns, and families lecture and clinical practice
– Nursing care of children and families lecture and clinical practice
– Mental health nursing care lecture and clinical practice
– Nursing care of older adults lecture and clinical practice
– Advanced clinical problem-solving lecture and clinical practice
– Community health nursing lecture and practice
As you will see, there is a stark difference between the old and new curriculum, with the latter focusing on practice rather than lectures.
Why was there a move into a practical form of nursing study?
Employers like Be A School Nurse are now looking for those with more experience.
First off, companies are now looking for more clinical training. The more you have of it, the better your chances are of getting hired. Hospitals and clinics do not care anymore if you have bachelors, masters, and even Ph.D. degrees if you have zero experience. Unless you want to get into teaching, getting as much expertise in a hospital setting can be highly advantageous for your career.
Coursework is limiting
Every person operates differently, and the treatment that works for one cannot always work for another person. Diseases also manifest differently, so people may be showing all the classic symptoms, while another may show wholly different signs. You don’t see those differences on books; only through experience. So, as a nurse, you should be exposed to that diversity. Burying yourself into reading so many books can only help to a small extent because when brought to real-life practice, you have not developed the same “finesse” as compared to someone who has been exposed to clinical practice.
Books, if anything, should only guide you. They should not limit you as to what you want to do and learn. Books, unfortunately, also have the bad habit of giving you the “right” and “wrong” ways of doing things without room for doubt. Experience, on the other hand, puts you on your feet and gives you the ability to grow from every case no matter how unique and challenging it is.
There is every reason why employers are now looking for potential nursing professionals with relevant work experience, may it be paid or unpaid. Coursework alone cannot save lives; experience does, and the more you have of it, the better you get with your work. If you are a nursing student, consider doing volunteer, internship, or paid employment that can give you clinical experience. Through this way, you are ensured of a good career path that can have employers swooning over your skills.