Thinking about nursing school

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have never posted on this message board, but I have a few questions that I would love if someone could answer for me. I graduated from high school in 1999 a year early and at the age of just 17, I moved an hour away from my family and starting attending LPN school. The program was very acclerated and I found myself way over my head. I went to a college that didn't offer housing, so I rented an apartment. As a result, I was in a city where I knew practically no one. I also found clinical to be horrible. Two weeks after school started, we were doing clinical. I felt I didn't know what I was doing and my instructors were so busy with other students that I didn't get the help I needed. We were doing clinical in a nursing home and my emotions were running wild. I broke down once in clinical and my instructor told me that if I could handle it to "throw in the towel". I had to withdrawl from the program for so many reason, but I think that being so young had a lot to do with it.

    Fast forward to the future: I am back at home, going to a great community college about an hour away which unfortunatly doesn't offer nursing. I'm taking basic courses until I make a decision about nursing. I'm almost 19 now, and thinking about going back to a different school to become a RN. This school is only 40 minutes from my house and grants a ADN degree. I am going to talk with the director of the nursing program, but I'm worried about clinical. That's the only thing holding me back. My best friend is currently attending another RN program and her clinical is set up so that the first clinical practice in a nursing home you are helped by a Certified Nursing Assistant. I wasn't in my LPN program.

    I'm so sorry this is so long. My main question is How are your clinical practices set up in your RN program? Any response to this question would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Beth
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  3. by   LJoyW_27
    i am 18 years old and i just started an RN program, fresh out of high school. i'm halfway through my first semester. i started clinicals 3 weeks ago, and it is not what i thought it would be. at first. i started my clinicals in a nursing home, and i was upset..i don't like the nursing home situation. but as i am going through i'm realizing how good it is. our class (i am in a community college) has 31 nursing students. we are divided up into 6 different clinical groups, thus we have a lot of one on one clinical teachings. i think that this is a good way to work the clinical side of things. the CC i'm at offers an RN program in 2 years, it's one of the best programs in NY state. i think the one on one teachings make this true.
    don't give up. try the clinicals at the school you are at. you might be pleasantly surprised. i never would have thought that a community college would have worked this well for me, but it is. give it a shot.

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  4. by   Michelle29KidRN
    Hey there!

    Well I wanted to let you know not to fret about clinicals! I also hated the nursing home. Unlike LPN school, you will most likely get a variety of settings for clinicals. I attended an excellent ADN program in Northern Virginia. Here are some of the clinical sites I recall: Nursing home, (ick), Hospital in the areas of: Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, Nursery, one day in NICU, one day in Peds Oncology, Med-Surg (kinda icky too), couple days in OR, community clinics, psychiatric hospital, and probably some experiences I am leaving out. The point is, YOU WILL have better clinicals in the RN program, especially in the ADN school. Go for it!
  5. by   oramar
    Originally posted by bridport:
    Hi everyone,

    I have never posted on this message board, but I have a few questions that I would love if someone could answer for me. I graduated from high school in 1999 a year early and at the age of just 17, I moved an hour away from my family and starting attending LPN school. The program was very acclerated and I found myself way over my head. I went to a college that didn't offer housing, so I rented an apartment. As a result, I was in a city where I knew practically no one. I also found clinical to be horrible. Two weeks after school started, we were doing clinical. I felt I didn't know what I was doing and my instructors were so busy with other students that I didn't get the help I needed. We were doing clinical in a nursing home and my emotions were running wild. I broke down once in clinical and my instructor told me that if I could handle it to "throw in the towel". I had to withdrawl from the program for so many reason, but I think that being so young had a lot to do with it.

    Fast forward to the future: I am back at home, going to a great community college about an hour away which unfortunatly doesn't offer nursing. I'm taking basic courses until I make a decision about nursing. I'm almost 19 now, and thinking about going back to a different school to become a RN. This school is only 40 minutes from my house and grants a ADN degree. I am going to talk with the director of the nursing program, but I'm worried about clinical. That's the only thing holding me back. My best friend is currently attending another RN program and her clinical is set up so that the first clinical practice in a nursing home you are helped by a Certified Nursing Assistant. I wasn't in my LPN program.

    I'm so sorry this is so long. My main question is How are your clinical practices set up in your RN program? Any response to this question would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Beth
    There is a site called www.tobeanurse.com, you could go there and see if it would help.

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