How many clinicals do you have per week?

  1. I'm in my second semester of nursing school and I was just wondering how many clinical hours most nursing schools have. I'm getting one clinical a week for 12 hours, and then 2 days of surgery this semester. We then have 3 hours of lab where we learn skills. This doesn't seem like that much to me and I know I'm only in my second semester but I feel like we haven't learned that much practical stuff yet. Does this sound unusual?
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  3. by   FutureCRNA?
    That sounds pretty normal to me. I know next semester (my third) in Med/Surg, we have 2 - 12's a week. And I believe that also applies to my 4th (and last) semester which is Advanced Med/Surg. It looks like both those semesters we will be in lecture 2 days a week.
  4. by   texasRN_14
    We have a total of around 192 clinical hours for the semester. I'm in Level 2 which is Med/Surg and we have clinical two days a week. Wed from 0615 - 1415 and Thursday from 1230-2000.

    During my LVN program we had a similar number of hours but split up differently, usually equaling around 16 - 20 hours per week.

    You will be amazed at how much you learn during your second semester.
  5. by   Ackeem
    4 semesters and currently 1 clinical per week, 3rd year is 2 per week and 4th year is 3 per week i don't live in the u.s so its different where i'm at.
  6. by   Stephalump
    We have about 145 hours of clinical per semester, plus another 30 or so prepping in the lab.
  7. by   soxgirl2008
    I'm only in my first semester, but we have 8 hours a week of clinical and 6 hours a week in the lab learning skills. 2nd semester we have OB 16 hours a week (two 8 hour days) for 7 weeks, and then med/surg for 7 weeks (two 8 hour days as well)
  8. by   Devon Rex
    I'm on my last term of the nursing program in Central Florida... all I got was one clinical day per week (8-12 hours) throughout the program. Every school is different as they need to abide and meet the minimum of hours required by their State Board of Nursing.

    Hope this helps!
  9. by   FutureCRNA?
    In my first semester, we got 1 - 8 hour day a week for 9 weeks. Doesn't seem like near enough, but I guess being the first semester, they were just getting our feet wet It then increases each semester, so hopefully by the end I will feel prepared!
  10. by   ORnurseCT
    16 hours a week for 15 weeks each semester.
  11. by   EmileeBlackburn
    Wow guys. My only clinical day is Thursdays 7:30am-12:30pm. And that's it. Granted, throughout the semester we have a few clinical rotations where we observe like STD clinic, radiology, dialysis, etc. but I'm only in my second semester in a two year program.
  12. by   PinkCupcake
    We have clinical twice a week starting the second week of school. It was like that my first semester too. I was shocked at how fast they had us out there interacting with real patients! I love going to clinical because it lets me experience what we've been taught in labs and lecture In two weeks I get to start my OB rotation and I'm super excited!
  13. by   breezy7
    First semester - 1 clinical for 6 hours. Next semester, 2 8 hour clinicals. Then we have to 12s.
  14. by   HM-8404
    First semester we had 5 (I think) 10 hr clinicals at a LTC facility, plus many lab days. It was not unusual to be on campus for class and labs 4 days a week, plus our clinical assignment.

    This semester, 2nd, we have class 2 days a week and labs 2 days a week for the month of January. Starting in Feb. our labs are completed except for the occasional simulation labs. Our clinicals, med/surg and OB/peds, will replace our labs. Some weeks we will have class twice and 2 clinicals in the same week.

    One problem with our clinicals is the distance driven for some. I have an assignment in April that is in a clinic that is over an hour from my home. This is not unusual for our program. We had a student last semester that was required to drive almost 1 1/2 hrs to get to her clinicals.