How far are your clinicals? - page 3

OK...Our school is located in the "capital" of this state, has it's own hospital but, our clinicals are 45 miles away. On the other hand, the University that is located in the same area as our... Read More

  1. by   Joh
    Hi, I'm Joh from Australia, our placements can be up to over 10hours away,,, so we usually have to stay in nursing quarters. There are 2 local hospitals, but with so many students we all are expected to go away for at least 1 out of 3 placements, sometimes up to 2 weeks. This year (my final), I am expected to be out of town for 4 weeks...with 3 children and a husband who works out of town,, it gets quite tricky.. must be what they call "dedication"..
  2. by   FullMoonMadness
    my school uses 3 different hospitals.some of the students have to drive 50 miles one way.luckily,i am assisgned not only to the hospital closest to my house,i also work there and know the layout.It is going to be weird showing up to my unit for clinicals as a student instead of an lpn who works there.
  3. by   soogirl
    We had to drive 1.75 hours to get to our ICU clinical (and cross a nurses' picket line!). We drove Mon am, had clinical til 1900, stayed at a hotel, clinical from 7 till 1400, drove back home for 1500 class. We did this for 5 weeks - fortunately the hospital paid for our motel (they wanted to hire us!) but we paid gas and food.

    For mental health ... 4.5 hour drive one way - 2 night stay - we paid for gas, hotel, food - we did this for 3 weekends.
  4. by   manna
    My clinicals will be anywhere from 30 to 120 miles away from where I live (that's one way!), depending on rotation. I'm terrified at the thought, but don't really have any choice in the matter. My school itself is about 60 miles from home.
  5. by   purplemania
    we had to go the night before to get pt. info. If your school does not have a template you might develop your own that will ask the pertinent data you need (age, gender, Primary/secondary DX, meds, lab values, etc). Then copy the blank template and use it to gather the info. You can go home then to do any research on meds, procedures, etc. Just a thought. The instructor probably wants to be sure you have a clue as to what is going on with your patient.
  6. by   Truly_Blessed
    hmmm, this post is old, but I will answer anyway. I am not sure about all of the clinical sites, but we were made aware of one that we had at a mental health facility. That clinical will be 65 miles one way. I will already have to drive out of town for school, so no biggie.
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    Our clinicals could be within an hour's drive of the school. Technically for me it could be 2 hours, since I have an hour's drive anyway to school. But they said they give that consideration, so hopefully I won't end up with a 2 hour drive.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    I'm pretty sure all of ours are with 15-30mins. for locals, but I live 100 miles away so it will always be far for me. I will be leaving home BY 4:30 to get to clinicals by 6:45am. And that is assuming there isn't any disaster somewhere on the road in between. There aren't any programs any closer.
  9. by   FutureNurse2005
    i'm hoping that my site for the first 2 years will be the local hospital 5 minutes away (and the local LTC). For years 3 and 4 I hope to be at a special hospital downtown (about an hours drive). It will all depend on how much I like oncology!
  10. by   suzy253
    Everything's close in Rhode Island!
  11. by   lovinghands
    My entire last year we drove 75 miles to hospitals in a large city for our clinicals (twice a week). Up at 4, leave at 5 to get their by 0645 then work a 12 hour shift and drive home. I remember it was exhausting!

    I think I was fortunate because there were 4 other students from my town and we commuted together whenever we could. The 5 of us became great friends over the course of that year - the ride home was always interesting (Exhaustion = goofiness). We continue to stay in touch since we graduated. I was so lucky to go to school with great classmates!

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