I just read an article on CNN that all college professors need to read. Click here to read the article. Some researchers did a study on about-to-be college graduates, asking them simple questions that relate to everyday life. Could they calculate a tip? Figure out if they had enough gas to make it to the gas station? The results of this study were surprising to the researchers, but not to me. While at KU, I noticed that in all of my classes, we learned about fascinating and complicated things. But we never took a step back and learned about basic, everyday life things. For example, I took four semesters of Spanish. Once I was finished, I could order a fancy meal at a Spanish restaurant. However, if my house was on fire or my friend collapsed and was not breathing, I would have no idea how to communicate my problem in Spanish. Isn’t being able to say, "Send a fire truck, my house is on fire!" more important than knowing how name all the animals at the zoo? In my psychology classes, I learned all about some fascinating disorders, and what medicines are used to treat them. But I never learned what to do or say if my friend told me they were thinking about committing suicide, or what to say to a grieving mother who just lost her son. These are the things I am more likely to come into contact with in the real world, and yet they were ignored because they were too basic. Unfortunately, my nursing school has this same problem. We spent several hours discussing the environment, yet only spent one hour (which ended up equaling one practice poke per student) on starting IV’s. Hmm… which one is more important to me as a future nurse…? Well, I have to get back to my reading on the Chaos theory. Somehow, it is going to make me a better nurse. Hopefully it comes in handy when I mess up doing an IV from my lack of practice, which will cause my patient to get upset, which will cause an increase in his blood pressure, which will cause……..