Originally posted by hotlooks
Here in england we have placements that cover from one week to fourteen weeks.If you do the adult branch of nursing, we do not have placements on childrens. Is that how it works over there?
Years ago it did not matter what branch you worked
in you still covered all the other areas.How times change.
are your nursing programms diploma or degree and are they three years the same as england
You're confused. So are we and we live with our crazy system.
We Have Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who's training is generally 12-14 months of continious full time schooling. Some LPN schools break this up with semester breaks and summer breaks and spread it out. How do I explaind LPN. Well, she has some legal limitations on what she can do and often works under direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). Every State has different laws on what an LPN can and can't do. Gets very confusing.
There are several entry paths to RN. 3 year diploma as mentioned. 2 year Associate Degree (ADN) and 4 Year Bachelor Degree (BSN).
Orriginally these degree programs took 2 and 4 years. There is so much material added to the Nursing part that today it is nearly impossible to get through the 2 year program in 2 years. (although they still call it that)
We have a lot of course we call pre- and co-reqes. These are the Sciences and other general education courses that are required. Mostly you need to get these done before doing the nursing classes as the nursing is so intense. And in many program you can not enter, and in some cases even apply to enter, the nursing part until these or most of these are done.
Now to complicate it even more there are variations of these programs. One (I read on this board) where you can get a Bachelors in something else then in one year get your RN. I hear there are programs where you come out with a Masters Degree (I am not sure how this works exactly)
Today most of us either get the ADN or the BSN. Usually single young girls are in the BSN program. Older folks with families etc. go the ADN route.
Many with the ADN later go on to get their BSN
It is crazy. If you watch this board you will find we all long for a simpler way and a single system for entry. But so far one one has a good answer to this.
When we are in school we do "rotations" in diffrent departments. These usually range from 3 to 6 weeks. We generally cover every area. OB, pediatrics, adult medical surgical, Operationg room, emergency, psyc, you name it. We might also do home health care, public and or community health, school nuring, MD office rotations etc. Everyone usually does not get to every speciality and everyone does not do rotations out side the hospital. However adult med-surg, OB, Peids, and psyc are all standard and all required by all schools.
Now I have a question for you. Are you saying you go though school either specilizing in adult or child care? How does this work?