Nursing school is easy, so I'm told. How could there possibly be a nursing shortage? So I'm talking to a nurse the other day about nursing school.
Nurse: "Nursing school is easy." A lot of it is just common sense"Me: "You paid all that money to learn common sense?"Nurse: "Yep"Me: "Medical school was a bitch."Nurse: "You know what they say about a BSN, don't you?"Me: "No"Nurse: "It's a lot of B.S. It doesn't even train you well for the real world. Real world nursing is so much harder. You get better training in associates degrees with more clinicals."Me: "Interesting. So you pay a lot of money to learn BS. And then get full pay for 6-12 weeks of on the job training while you're practicing on patients?"Nurse: "That pretty much sums it up."Me: "So it's kind of like a residency, only you're getting a real paycheck to learn what your school should have taught you."Nurse: "Yep"Me: "Shouldn't nurses in on the job training be paid a fraction of what they normally get?"Nurse: "Of course not. It's part of the job."Me: "What, the training?"Nurse: "Yes"Me: "Then why aren't medical residents paid full doctor salary for their three to seven year residencies/fellowships if all other health care professionals expect to earn full wage to learn on the job?"Nurse: *silence* "Good question."