Here is a rundown on my first semester.
Pharmacology and Nursing Fundamentals. For me, Pharmacology was by far the easier class. You're learning about different classes of drugs, how they work, side effects, etc. I could use the same study skills that got me through my other science classes, and I found the material interesting.
Nursing Fundamentals was completely different. I'm sure you've heard of critical thinking from reading this board, and that's how the tests for this class were formulated. In lecture, some of the material was very touchy feely, and although I can be compassionate and empathetic, it was a bit over the top for me. Once we got through that stuff, we started learning a lot of practical information. In lab we started out with hand washing, and moved onto bed making, positioning and transferring patients, bed baths, etc. We also had skills like inserting an NG tube, Foley catheters, trach care and suctioning, injections, and IV therapy. We as students were not allowed to do anything invasive on each other, so don't worry about that.
Clinical ran the last 8 weeks of the semester and were scary and exciting. There was a lot of hostility from the staff towards the students. It was shocking to me, and I'm still being told by my more experienced classmates to just expect that from the healthcare field and to toughen up. Working with the patients was the best learning experience. We wrote a lot of care plans and concept maps, which I enjoy doing.
This is my first week of second semester, which is divided into half Med/Surg and half OB/Peds. I'm trying to stay positive for this post, but I'm aggravated because of a lack of information given to us about clinicals.
I'd have to say that my education has been great so far, but the program isn't very organized about getting info to students in a timely manner. I feel sorry for my classmates who are working or need to plan childcare around clinicals. There seems to be the attitude that we should just be grateful for whatever information we get. But I'm sticking with it. The program has a good reputation overall and has a higher NCLEX pass rate than UCCS.
I hope I haven't scared you off! I've been a bit vague here in an attempt to remain anonymous, but feel free to PM me if you'd like.