I am really just looking for others experiences with this question...
I attend one of the "top nursing schools" in my area, and I am kind of thrown as to why it is considered to be that way.
When I enrolled, our schedule was M-F, basically 8-4 everyday, with the exception of clinical days, which were longer. I thought that schedule was great. Although time consuming, I thought I would have an ample amount of time with instructors and in lab to learn the skills I needed to be a competent nurse.
One day, about a month after enrolling in classes, I looked at my schedule and to my surprise it was totally rearranged! Our schedule had become hybrid, and no students knew a thing about it.
Now, coming to the end of my first semester I am on the fence about my school. I am doing very well (high A's in every class and an A on every exam thus far) however, I don't know if I am memorizing the information for the test or if I am actually LEARNING it. I want to learn and KNOW the information, because that it so critical to the safety of my patients and to the care I am capable of providing.
During the first semester, we spent only 4 hours in lecture and about 10 hrs in lab and 6 in clinical per week. The vast majority of information is on powerpoints and honestly, the in class time seems pointless. The instructors just read us the powerpoints, which we are already expected to know when we come to class....
I have been told that many nursing schools are going to this format of learning these days, but I find that hard to believe. What are your experiences? Does anyone else go to a "hybrid" school? If anyone has graduated from one, do you feel competent? I'm sure part of my feelings of incompetence come from still being so new at this, but I just fear that this style of learning will not really benefit me in the end.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!