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Nursing School Education

Written by kimmel52 on September 17, 2008 – 5:42 am

During recent decades, in many parts of the developed world, the emphasis on education has replaced the more practically focused, but often ritualistic, training structure of conventional practitioner preparation. Educational pathways stress a broader awareness of other disciplines allied to medicine, often involving Inter-professional education, and the utilization of research when making clinical and managerial decisions. Orthodox training can be argued to have offered a more intense practical skills base, but emphasized the hand maiden relationship with the physician. This is now outmoded, and the impact of nurse education is to develop a confident, inquiring graduate practitioner who contributes to the care team as an equal. However, not all qualification courses yet have graduate status. It is possible to link recent developments in nurse education with feminism and the rising status of women in professional roles elsewhere.Traditionally, from the times prior to Florence Nightingale, nursing was seen as an apprenticeship, often undertaken in religious orders such as convents by young females, although there has always been a proportion of male nurses, especially in mental health services. In 1860 Nightingale set up the first nurse training school at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Nightingale’s curriculum was largely base around nursing practice, with instruction focused upon the need for hygiene and task competence. Her methods are reflected in her “Notes on Nursing”, (1898).
Some other nurses at this time, notably Ethel Bedford-Fenwick, were in favor of formalized nursing registration and curriculum that were formally based in higher education and not within the confines of hospitals.

In contrast, nurse education in the United States has almost exclusively been conducted within university schools, although it is unclear who offered the first degree level program. So far as known Yale School of Nursing became the first autonomous school of nursing in the United States in 1923. In Europe the University of Edinburgh was the first European institution to offer a nursing degree in 1972.

Within the profession of nurse teaching, arguments continue about the ideal balance of practical preparation to do the job in a hands-on way with the need to educate the future practitioner to manage healthcare and to see “the bigger picture”. To meet these requirements, nurse education aims to develop and nurture a lifelong learner who can adapt effectively to changes in both the theory and practice of nursing.
Keep in mind that to begin the process of getting into nursing school you must first pass either the N.E.T, the HESI or the TEAS.  The best way to begin studying is to start practicing online preparation tests.  You can do this at the Nurses Learning Center, where you have unlimited access to testing software, where you can keep track of your scores and where you only have to pay one fee to access all the test for as long as you want.


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