clinical hours

  1. Just curious to see how many clinical hours you do during school? I'm finishing an ADN program this May; we do one 8 hour shift per week all through school and then a 108 hour preceptorship at the end. This is my only complaint with our program- it's just not enough time. Would like to hear if this is the norm or are we an exception? Thanks!
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  3. by   wsiab
    Hi,

    I just graduated a BSN program. We did two eight hour shifts per week over three semesters of clinicals (averaging one shift per week per clinical:geriatrics, psych, OB, Med Surg, ICU & Peds). For our last semester we had two 6 hour shifts per week of public health and a 224 clinical hour preceptorship.
  4. by   hollykate
    I graduated in May 2000 from a BSN program. We did 2 12 hr days each week. our last 3 months we did 40 hr week preceptorship- total of 250 hrs or so. I think we may be a little over average- in the regional area, my school was known as the BSN program that produces "technicians"- who knows, seems to me they produced nurses.
  5. by   ShannonB25
    I think this is an excellent question. I've been really interested in seeing how we compare as well in terms of clinical time. I'll graduate from a BSN program this May. We've had 2 clinical days per week for the last two years. Depending on the clinical site, it ranges from 7-8 hrs per clinical day up to 12 hrs per day. We also have an 80 hr preceptorship at the end of the semester. It's really helpful to see how others have been doing as well.
    Shannon

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  6. by   maikranz
    Originally posted by hollykate:
    I graduated in May 2000 from a BSN program. We did 2 12 hr days each week. our last 3 months we did 40 hr week preceptorship- total of 250 hrs or so. I think we may be a little over average- in the regional area, my school was known as the BSN program that produces "technicians"- who knows, seems to me they produced nurses.
    Just curious--what program would that be? Duke? UNC-CH? Does State have a program?
  7. by   hollykate
    Maikranz,
    I went to UNC-Greensboro. Duke no longer has a BSN program- because no one wanted to pay the private school fees when they could go to UNC-CH. UNC-CH is supposed to have the "rep" for making researchers- but I can't really say if any of our "reps" are deserved. UNCG is a small school- but the nursing program is pretty good-with the advanced practice Raleigh anesthesia school being quite good.... etc etcetc.. I do have some pride in my program!
  8. by   NicoleSN2
    I'm in my third semester of a two year hospital based diploma program. Our first semester we had one 8 hour shift a week. Thre remaining three semesters we have two 8 hour shifts a week. My school dropped its preceptorhip when it changed from a three year program to a two year program in the fall of 1999, so we don't get that experience. I wish we did. However, our hospital offers a nurse externship during the summer, which I am taking advantage of. We get an RN preceptor for that.
  9. by   Michelle_nurse
    I will be graduating this May, in the college RN program.
    A semester here is 17 weeks.

    semester 1= 1 day of clinical per week, not a complete shift (medicine/surg)

    semester 2, 3, 4 and 5= 2 days a week.

    and now in 6th semester, I have 4 shifts a week for 11 weeks that are 8 1/2 hours long, including conference, but it is so busy sometimes we stay late.

    I am exhausted this semester, plus I work every weekend! At least it is almost over!!!!!!
  10. by   maikranz
    I THOUGHT you'd answer UNCG!!! Great program!!! My graduate degree is from UNCG, Class of '96. Go Spartans!!!!

    Originally posted by hollykate:
    Maikranz,
    I went to UNC-Greensboro. Duke no longer has a BSN program- because no one wanted to pay the private school fees when they could go to UNC-CH. UNC-CH is supposed to have the "rep" for making researchers- but I can't really say if any of our "reps" are deserved. UNCG is a small school- but the nursing program is pretty good-with the advanced practice Raleigh anesthesia school being quite good.... etc etcetc.. I do have some pride in my program!
  11. by   Samantha
    I'll graduate in May with an ADN. We've had about 12-18 hours per week for the last two years, and 120 hours of preceptorship work in the last five weeks. I've done clinicals at almost a dozen different hospitals, and I feel that I have a handle on clinical skills as well as a great ability to adapt to new hospitals, different types of units, and different personalities of co-workers.
  12. by   bassbird
    I'm finishing up my first year of an ADN program. We have one 5 1/2 hour clinical a week. I wish we had more time and more direction from our instructor. Unfortunately, in the facility I'm in right now, the nurses are not very receptive to us. I feel we are not gaining the experience we need at this point but hope it gets better next year.
  13. by   Tycoben
    I'm currently applying to Nursing Degrees and Diplomas here in the UK.

    Over here the courses run for 3 years, 45 weeks per year. All nursing courses are required to give equal emphasis to both academic and clinical areas, with 50% of the course college based and 50% clinically based. The clinicals are spread over the three years, with more time spent in placements as the course progresses.

    So it would seem that, from the information I've been reading from the colleges, by the time of graduation, almost 68 full weeks of clinicals will have been undertaken.

    How does this compare with the US? Better or worse?

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