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Re: “Merritt College Nursing Woes

I have been an RN for 41 years and this article has made me take a critical look at my profession. First of all, I must tell all of you, I love my career. I am proud to be a nurse. I like to make people feel better, ease their suffering and educate about health.

Unfortunately, this issue about drop out rates in nursing schools is not new nor is it an isolated incident. No other degree program has as high a drop out rate as nursing schools. A common complaint about our local nursing school in Idaho is the obvious attempts by teachers to fail students.

There is something seriously wrong when educators decide who will make a "good" nurse. They are not God and do not have the right to make that decision. Some of the worst students care the most for people and some of the "A" students make terrible nurses because they can not understand what the patient is asking. We need good nurses not necessarily good students.

It is time for educators as well as nurses to foster an attitude of caring, nurturing and encouragement amongst nursing students and fellow nurses. We must stop the destruction and give to one another what we strive to give to our patients.

"Passing THE test" is not what school is about but rather "how to be the best, most caring nurse you can be".

I say to all the nurse educators across America " Nurture one another, foster growth and knowledge. AND Please DON'T eat your young"

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Posted by Peggy Burge on 10/31/2008 at 11:25 AM

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