Class Schedule (need some advice!)

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    So I'm looking at my scheduling options for next semester. By then, I will have completed all of my general classes (finally). All I will have left are nursing courses.

    Next semester I will be taking thirteen credit hours. Two classes will be online. The other class has a lecture and a clinical component. The lecture is every Wednesday, 215-5pm.

    For clinicals I could either:

    1. Do a twelve hour clinical (7am to 725pm) on Thursdays

    Or

    2. Do two six hour clinicals (7-125pm). Monday and Tuesday.

    OR

    3. Do two six-hour clinicals (7-125pm). Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Or

    4. Do two six-hour clinicals (7-125pm) Wednesday and Thursday.
    I work two jobs that are very flexible scheduling wise as a PCA, and I do NOT have any kids or husband.
    Last edit by Joe V on Mar 18, '13
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    Were it me, I would go with the 12 hour clinical on Thursdays.
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    Personally, I'd choose the 12 hour clinical. I think you'll get a better understanding of how a nurse's day really flows through the entire shift. I found that 6 hour clinicals were really too short to get a good picture of the patients and the time management/prioritization required to be effective as a floor nurse. Of course, that's my personal preference. But if you have trouble focusing for that long or have any physical problems that make 12 hours difficult, splitting the clinical may be a better option for you.
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    I have to agree with the 5 hour clinical. Getting it done in one day is much easier, less stress and gives you a better idea of what your schedule as a nurse would be.
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    I agree with the others - 12 hour clinical. You'll get a better education on how a typical day really plays out for a nurse, and it'll free up other days for focusing on the online coursework and your job(s).
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    Last fall I packed my schedule into 2 days - class, clinical and lab and I suffered terribly...I went from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - by Thursday I was useless - slept most of the day etc...but I'm old! LOL

    Just keep in mind that you may need a full day of recovery after a 12 hour clinical day...
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    Quote from Twinmom06
    Last fall I packed my schedule into 2 days - class, clinical and lab and I suffered terribly...I went from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - by Thursday I was useless - slept most of the day etc...but I'm old! LOL

    Just keep in mind that you may need a full day of recovery after a 12 hour clinical day...
    I agree. I will only have two online classes and a three hour lecture on Wednesday to worry about. I would probably use Friday to recuperate.

    Thanks for all the replies! Keep them coming!
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    I have clinicals Thursday and Friday from 6:30-3:00. I wish it were longer. I always feel stressed to get my charting done. We are in the our last semester so we are pretty much on our own with the pts. You do everything from AM care, meds, procedures, ect.. then you have to chart. I am always running out of time and think if I were there for 12 it would be less stressful and I would have more time to get everything done. I always feel like i am leaving the Rn with a bunch of work to do. So I would pick the one 12hr shift.
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    I think I will be going with the twelve hour clinical then! It will be nice to physically only have to go to class two days per week!
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    If you have to go the day before clinicals to pick your patients and do prep work the 12 hour day will save you time too.


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