Hi everyone, I just finished St. V's this past spring, (now an RN), and wanted to give you all my 2 cents about the program. This fall, 2012 there was a large increase in tuition and the passing grade was raised in the general ed classes from a C+ to an 82, which means an 81.99 will be a fail. For all nursing classes you need a min of an 80 to pass. Clinicals are pass/fail. Science classes are difficult, but the nursing classes are harder and only get more difficult with each semester. There are no study guides, and no advice for whats on tests, as the professors tell you to "know everything", and be aware that there will be weeks where you will have to read 15+ chapters, do 2&1/2 days of clinical as well as your mandatory video CAI's and papers that need to be done. Day classes for nursing run in 7 week sessions so are very intensive. I can think of only 3 nursing professors that I felt were qualified to teach, (keep in mind that I went into nursing with a previous BA degree), and most if not all were not helpful or available if you needed more from them outside of class. Though there is a tutor available, if you can go for tutoring during their available hours. Clinical professors are obviously proficient nurses in their specialties, but most all are arrogant, rude, demoralizing, and mostly have a demeaning attitude towards the students. They will treat you like you are an idiot, expect you to do everything like an experienced nurse, will demean you and treat you like an idiot if you ask questions or ask for help on a procedure. The worst part of clinicals was the fact that you would be scheduled for a 7 hour shift and the clinical professors would push you to be done by 1pm, because they wanted to leave early. Let alone they left the floor after meds to get coffee and they stayed in the cafeteria downstairs for 1&1/2 to 2 hrs came back just in time to do noon meds & then rushes you out the door. I felt like I had to learn my clinical skills on my own, by using the clinical lab,(when it was actually available to students!!!!),over and over to teach myself the skills, taught myself about the labs, treatments and diseases. The clinicals were a joke, the professors dote on their favorites (1 or 2 students) and ignore the rest or are mean. Most of us just prayed for it to be over as fast as it could. Care plans were a joke & a waste of time as you only spent your time copying from books & copying does not induce learning. You spend the majority of your clinical time filling out your careplan, doing soap notes and documentation. Student nurses are just glorified cna's & free slave labor for the hospital. I have no idea if the education at other schools is better, but I do know that I did not feel that the school taught me what I need to know in order to be a competent nurse. Yes, I passed my nclex the first time w/75 questions, but feel like my education & experience was all me; any person can get in front of the class and read off a powerpoint, and that's what most of the teachers there do. A few were great in the class & in the clinicals, but the rest were not.
That's my 2 cents worth.