University of Delaware has begun to require 160 hours of independent, inpatient time to observe nursing up close. This time is to be completed before senior year and the beginning of nursing school
I love it! As the nurse taking the student on, it may be frustrating to have a person who literally can do nothing, but as the nurse leading a future coworker, or the student wanting to know what a nursing degree is getting me into, I think this is a great way to introduce realistic expectations. And 160 hours means enough time to get past the "omg this is so cool!" stage and begin the "wow, this really does suck sometimes" one.
Perhaps this will soften the blow of the first year after licensure a little.