New Grads and Clinical Hours

  1. New Grads,

    How many clinical hours did you have total when you graduated?

    I wanting hear from BSN and ADN grads.:wink2:

    I am curious because my school claims that we got more than any other school in the state.

    I dont know if I believe it!!!

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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   SweetLemon
    IMHO its all about quality not quantity. I honestly can't tell you how many hours we racked up prior to graduation... Quite a few and they were intense but I learned a lot.
  4. by   ilovenursing2009
    I keep getting asked that on job apps. Seems to be important to recruiters.
  5. by   JakeyWakey
    For my program it was 840 clinical hours for the entire program.
  6. by   ilovenursing2009
    Quote from JakeyWakey
    For my program it was 840 clinical hours for the entire program.


    Thanks!

    Was that BSN or ADN?
  7. by   MissBrittanyRN
    It was about 700 and I am in Maryland for an ADN program. But I agree with SweetLemon. The quality of my experiences were poor due to the small-town settings. Nothing against those settings, but the patients were low acuity, often low census. Some units would be close to being closed!
    Last edit by MissBrittanyRN on Sep 14, '09 : Reason: Wanted to add a piece of info
  8. by   JakeyWakey
    Quote from ilovenursing2009
    Thanks!

    Was that BSN or ADN?
    It was an accelerated second bachelor's program. 15 months.
  9. by   semicolonergic
    I agree about the quality versus quantity. Many, many of my hours especially in OB were spent sitting, waiting. Not learning much.
    I would guess we did 400 hours...though it doesn't feel like that! I just tried to go back and add it up. Accelerated ADN program in the midwest.
  10. by   ilovenursing2009
    Yes I totally agree that it is quality of quanity. I am just trying to get an average of the hours people are getting. On paper those hours (as unfortunate as it may be) are what recruiters look at. In these times new grads need anything and everything that may make them stand out. I went to a career fair and their were new grads there with portfolios full of certificates for every little thing they did in school. Stupid if you ask me. Those pieces of paper make them no better than anyone else, but recruiters eat it up.
  11. by   semicolonergic
    Great. I'm a new grad going to a career fair in a few hours....without all those certificates. Haha, here's hoping!
  12. by   ilovenursing2009
    Don't worry...those things are so dumb!!! I told my professor about it and she just laughed. Just take a bunch of CE credits from Medscape and you will have a load of certs too!!!!!
  13. by   Jasoninpa
    Looking over the literature for UPMC St Margaret's LPN program, it looks like there are about 900. This is a 52-week program.
  14. by   GilaRRT
    Two year program with one year of pre-requisite courses. AAS community college based program. Completed about 900 hours not including pre-clinical work, on call time, or community service.

    Quality experience in nursing homes, general hospitals, home health, child development/rehab centre, and even a large Indian hospital. Rotated through all specialties and had to do a delivery or take call until we could get one under our belt.

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