Nursing Programs ? 2nd degree?

  1. Ok kids,

    Quick question for all past students and current students ... I am going to an open house and I'm trying to compile standard questions to ask all the schools. I guess since I"m not in schools, I don't have much to go by in the way of questions and I was hoping some of you could help me out ... I'm going for a second degree program, but all programs are relevant!

    What changes would you make to your program if any?
    What's the best thing about your program?
    What's the worst thing about your program?
    Are PDA's becoming greater in use in your programs?
    Clinical time vs. Class time?
    Hospital associations?
    ANy thing else you can offer!

    Thanks!
    Meg
    Last edit by TheBrainMusher on Feb 11, '03
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    Originally posted by Mshheaddoc
    What chagnes would you make to your program if any?
    What's the best thing about your program?
    What's the worst thing about your program?
    Are PDA's becoming greater in use in your programs?
    Clinical time vs. Class time?
    Hospital associations?
    ANy thing else you can offer!

    Thanks!
    Meg
    1. Our psych content is being taught on computer. I am not in that portion of the class yet, but the people who are, are struggling. I wish we had more lecture time in psych. I also wish there was a bit more flexability in scheduling, but because of the school size it isn't feasible.
    2. The best thing is that most of our instructors are available to us outside of classtime to help with content we don't understand. They care about us, and remember students who have been long graduated.
    3. The worst thing--there are a couple of instructors with bad attitudes...superior, condescending, etc. I just try to avoid them.
    4. We don't use PDAs at all.
    5. We have 2 clinical hours for each hour of class time for most of the program. It does vary a little from class to class, but 2:1 is the average.
    6. Because I am in a diploma program our hospital association is easy to figure out. I wouldn't want to be in a program where I would be going to totally different systems to learn. There is a lot of variability from hospital to hospital as far as policy, and I think switching around would be a huge pain.

    I would recommend getting information about NCLEX pass rates and retention rates if you haven't already. Our school has an excellent pass rate but a terrible retention rate. See what you can find out about the schools reputation. If you have a family doctor, ask him if he has any input about what school to go to or to avoid. Good luck in making your choice!
  4. by   litepath
    Originally posted by Mshheaddoc
    What chagnes would you make to your program if any? None i can think of..it's an incredibly fast paced tho short ADN program and it takes incredibly gifted teachers to pull it off!! Look into meeting the teachers specifically in case they've got someone that might give you a personality conflict.
    What's the best thing about your program? The best thing,hmmm? it's rather short in duration and you only flunk out if you make less than a C for the semester instead of making less than a C on a given test.
    What's the worst thing about your program? Having to take the NLN's and do rationales for each missed question even tho the test doesn't count for a grade.
    Are PDA's becoming greater in use in your programs? I am the only person that uses one.
    Clinical time vs. Class time? Clinicals=One day per week @6hrs. in the first two semesters, two days per week after that. Class three days per week and about 6.5 hours total for the week.
    Hospital associations? Don't know about that one.
    ANy thing else you can offer! Be true to yourself.

    Thanks!
    Meg ddoc
  5. by   EmeraldNYL
    Originally posted by Mshheaddoc
    Ok kids,

    Quick question for all past students and current students ... I am going to an open house and I'm trying to compile standard questions to ask all the schools. I guess since I"m not in schools, I don't have much to go by in the way of questions and I was hoping some of you could help me out ...

    What chagnes would you make to your program if any?
    What's the best thing about your program?
    What's the worst thing about your program?
    Are PDA's becoming greater in use in your programs?
    Clinical time vs. Class time?
    Hospital associations?
    ANy thing else you can offer!

    Thanks!
    Meg
    1. I wish we did our clinicals in blocks instead of having three different clinicals in one week.... it's kinda hard to totally switch gears every day. Also, we have to print out our own notes (for $20,000 tuition they should provide us with the notes, geez!!).
    2. Our program is very pro-nursing, into evidence-based practice, emphasis on science and technology. Also the tuition reimbursement if we agree to work with Tenet for 3 years. Most of the profs. are great.
    3. See my answer to #1
    4. Drexel is obsessed with PDAs. We all had to buy one, and I actually use it, wow!
    5. The first quarter we only had clinical one day a week. This quarter we have class 2 days a week and clinical for the rest of the week.
    6. We do clinicals all over the place-- we do not have a choice in where we go. Some of the facilities used are Hahnemann hospital, HUP, Pennsylvania Hospital, Friends Hospital, Lankenau, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Moss Rehab, Abington Hospital, Holy Redeemer, Nazareth Hospital, Livengrin Foundation, Magee Rehab, and Medical College of PA.

    I would also ask about how they help you prep. for the NCLEX and NCLEX pass rates.
  6. by   Erinkate2959
    I think I answered most of your other questions in my PM to you. Just wanted to include that we have class two days a week for varying times and clinical three days a week for a full eight hour day. We do our clinicals in blocks we stared with med surg for 6 weeks, cardiac for 6 weeks, OB for 6 weeks, Neuro for 3 weeks, Psych for 3 weeks, community for 6 weeks, critical care for 6weeks.
    Erin
  7. by   TheBrainMusher
    ANYONE ELSE? Please!

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