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Re: “Merritt College Nursing Woes

I graduated from this school recently. Yes, it was tough, disorganized, and cruel at times. The support systems are not in place. It is DIY nursing school at it's finest but - if you can handle it here, you can handle an RN job any where.

Merritt needs help; absolutely. However, in defense of the program (which I never thought I'd be defending) it does make you accountable, resourceful, driven, a good problem solver, accurate and forces you to advocate for yourself and your classmates. This is what nurses do on a daily basis for their patients - Merritt does facilitate the "toughness" necessary to "find your guns and stick to them." Ultimately, this tenacity enables you to function very well as a working RN because you have learned to "fight" for what you need and believe in.

For myself I wanted a nursing program that was positive, supportive and inclusive. Merritt is not that but neither are hospitals. Hospitals are giant machines that work to facilitate what the machine needs. Nurses advocate for the patient, not the machine.

Patients first - not you. I guess by extension Merritt teaches that. The program is not necessarily what you WANT but it is what you get out of the program that you NEED to be able to be a good nurse. You do have to fight to get it. Once you get it, it is yours and it is your victory!

I will say that hospitals in the area respect Merritt grads because they come in and are ready to rock. Hospitals know how tough the program is - no hand holding it is "fend for yourself" "do it yourself". There is a learning curve with any new job but the Merritt grads know how to "get what they need" in order to do a good job and advocate for their patients.

In hindsight, I wish my nursing school experience had been "happier" but I'm grateful that I ended up where I did because now my job is so much easier and nicer than school. Nursing is a hard job and as much as I disliked Merritt's program, it did set me up for success as an RN in a hospital - which is the program's "job".

Posted by Katy McNab on 10/22/2008 at 1:53 PM

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