RN/Accelerated BSN Nursing Clinicals

  1. I'm debating between an ADN and an accelerated BSN and curious about differences in clinicals. The accelerated program is shorter by one semester, but much more grueling I'm told.

    Can someone tell me the diff between rotations?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    Well, it totally depends on the school so I would contact the program directors to see how they organize clinicals. I am in a one year accelerated BSN and yes, it is GRUELING. I have clinicals 3 days a week for 6 hours each, and they are all different subjects (Peds Wed., Community Health Thur., and Adult Health II Fri) and at different clinical sites. So this makes for a lot of running around, prep time, etc.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I have been staff nurse preceptor for a student in the Mount St. Mary's accelerated program. The students were EXCELLENT!

    I had to work days. Students came at 7:00 AM and worked until noon. Then they had a conference with the clinical instructor at 1:00 pm. Their instructor was helpful and encouraging.
    The program is 16 months with only 2 weeks vacation in winter and summer, one in spring.
    Too much homework to work on the weekends.

    I'vw worked with many former students from that program. 100% of those I've met are superior RNs!

    Other accelerated programs I don't know about.
  5. by   KristinWW
    Thank you Emerald and Space! This program is going to cost a bundle and I want to be sure I'm getting good hands-on.

    Emerald, when you mention all different subjects - meaning the normal programs (not accelerated) stay on a single subject each semester?

    How are job prospects for accelerated students?
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    BSN will open more non-hospital doors in my experience. Make sure program is going to provide enough hands on, ask about clinical locations (how far spread appart, indlude drive time to/from in length of day), are some of the clinical locations in well thought of hospitals/clinics/facilities etc.

    Wat is the ratio of instructors to students on clinical floor (1-8 ideal). Will you be involved in three different types of clinical areas like Emerald or only one at a time so you don't feel as streched. TALK to several students in each program before you decide/make monetary investment.
  7. by   EmeraldNYL
    Kristin, some programs only do one clinical at a time. We do three, one each day. And yes, it is really expensive. My tuition is 20 grand, but most hospitals are offering some sort of sign on bonuses or loan repayment. And I don't graduate until October and I've already had job offers.

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