Are clinicals flexible? - page 2

I dont have a car right now so if i enter nursing school without a car, i will still be able to go to clinicals, right?... Read More

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    To simply answer your question, NO, clinicals are not flexible. At all. Not even by 5 minutes.

    All schools have different policies, but mine allows students to trade clinical sites for the term...before the first clinical. If you are assigned a site that you cannot walk/bike/mass transit to, then maybe that could be an option? We got a paper in our acceptance packet that said if transportation was an issue, our odds of being successful in the program were going to be slim. So unfortunately, your options are limited.
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    Take out a student loan and buy a cheap car if you can because clinicals are early in the morning. Or make friends quick and see if you can get someone to let you catch a ride.

    Good luck
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    Hmm.... The nursing program I am in requires you to have your own method of transportation in order to get to and from clinicals, whether that be a car or public transportation. It is your responsibility to get to and from. There will not be a shuttle from your school to your clinicals.....
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    To complicate matters further, you may be required to have some 'off site ' clinical days. By that I mean, you might have days where you go to a nursing home, hospice, home health, psych facility, etc. It could be very difficult to car pool because the off site assignments are usually not for the whole class, and maybe only a handful of students may be going there at one time. Check with your program. Maybe a scooter?
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    Quote from Stcroix
    To complicate matters further, you may be required to have some 'off site ' clinical days. By that I mean, you might have days where you go to a nursing home, hospice, home health, psych facility, etc. It could be very difficult to car pool because the off site assignments are usually not for the whole class, and maybe only a handful of students may be going there at one time. Check with your program. Maybe a scooter?
    Very true! I could probably find someone in my clinical group to carpool with to the hospital, but our outpatient clinicals are usually done alone. No one to ride with.
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    Make things easy on yourself and buy a car. It doesn't have to be a brand new one.
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    If you don't want to buy a car, can you rent one, or live somewhere where they have zip-car or I-Go?
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    Questions to ask yourself if you want to pursue nursing school without a car:

    1) Are there reliable public transit options? Do they run when some clinicals start? (5-6 am)
    2) If I ride a bike, do I know basic bike maintenance? Traffic laws? Can I carry all the stuff I need (uniform, notebook,
    equipment, laptop, etc.?)
    3) Am I disciplined enough to use these transportation options? (if you take the bus and it has a transfer, are you able
    to figure out what time initially you need to get on it?)
    4) Do I have a backup transportation system in place (i.e. bus doesn't run on the weekend, can I hitch a ride to the hospital
    with a classmate instead?)
    5) Do you have the social skills and money to chip in with carpooling?
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    i did not see this mentioned before, so i will chime in. What about a cab? it would be much cheaper than buying a car if that is the only thing you are using it for. For me anyway, my clinicals have been in different counties and the cab fare would be ~$40 one way, but still cheaper than gas/ parking at the facility/ parking at my home when not in use/ cost of the car/ maintenance. If your city has public transportation, you can take that home so you are only paying cab fares one way.

    also, spread the net out to your friends. Does any of them have a car that you can borrow?
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    I slacked and never got my licsence...working on it now. Clinicals are not flexible and they don't care how you get there. My clinical this semester is in my city but a pretty far bus ride, the bus doesn't run early enough to get me there on time. I had to ask a classmate if I could ride with her and she has to go out of her way to get me...I feel bad. In subsequent semesters my placement could be in any of the surrounding cities..up to an hour away. I have no clue what to do...it sucks. I wish I had a car.


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