I'm in my 5th of 8 quarters in a master's entry RN program, and the clinical rotation for the quarter is Critical Care, where we spend the entire quarter in the ICU. This isn't our last-quarter internships, Critical Care is on the same level as Med-Surg, Psych, OB, Peds, and Community Health. I've been talking with some of my classmates at the various clinical sites my school uses, and the consensus is that the hospitals and their staff didn't quite know what to do with us as we were expecting to participate as much as possible in patient care, which is apparently unusual for nursing students in the ICU. However, I was wondering if we really are odd for having a full rotation in the ICU, or if it's more that we are prepared to do more than most students in the ICU - hence this survey.
So, please reply with the type of program you're in (ADN, BSN, ABSN, Master's Entry, etc), whether you have a full clinical rotation in the ICU in your program, and what you're allowed to do in the ICU (if applicable). Any further comments are also welcome.
Program type: Master's Entry
ICU Clinical? Full Clinical
Allowed to do: Whatever our nurse and the institution's policies let us do