Very very stupid question :)

  1. So my registration is on 7th. I will have Nursing, Human Body (these are the must) then English, Humanities, Phys Ed and some Complementary. I am terribly confused about my Nursing class. Here it goes... we get 60 hrs of Theory plus 56 hrs of Lab. Obviously those hours combined are included in the schedule info. The confusion is about clinical. There is a following info on my school's web site :
    "Clinical: 64 hours

    Required preparation for clinical will be given to you before each clinical experience.

    Note: Please read the Dawson Nursing Department Policy on Absenteeism in the Nursing Department Policy Handbook, as this will affect you throughout the three years in the program.

    Clinical experience is done in eight-hour blocks. Clinical days are scheduled for the semester on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Clinical experience begins at 07:30h. There is a possibility that some evenings will be required."

    Obviously those 64 hours are not included in the schedule. (Or are they?) How do I do it? I have to register for the rest of my classes. Do I take classes that are later in the afternoon? How do you work around clinical hours? Do you choose them or do you get them already scheduled? HEEEEEELLLPP!!!!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nurse0977
    Our first nursing class (it was called Foundations) was chaos. We didn't have a set clinical day, so the instructors would make out a schedule and give it to us a month or so in advance.

    I don't know how your other classes work, but where I attend school, all prereqs come before nursing classes. By the time we started taking nursing courses, we didn't have any choice in what classes we got....so there were no scheduling conflicts. Now, in my last year, our choices only consist of which clinical day/instructor we get.

    The only advice I can give is to call your School of Nursing or advisor and ask what to do. Chances are they have encountered this before. Also....get used to a little chaos, cuz' that is what nursing school is all about!!!

    good luck!
  4. by   dosamigos76
    Wish I could be of help, but in the ADN program I attend you have to have all your prerequisites out of the way. I agree with Nurse0977, I'd call and ask for clarification. Best of luck to you!
    Cheryl
  5. by   ulianka
    It's a differences in Canadian/US systems We DO have prereqs(chemistry, physics in order to be accepted to nursing), but those prerequisites do not free students from the programm's courses. And yes there will be stupid, stupid phys ed and humanities. I will talk to the program coordinator to clarify this issue, but thanks for the CHAOS advise IT IS NEAR :roll
  6. by   Nightcrawler
    The only thing that you can do is somehow find classes that do not meet on Tuesdays or Wednsdays. I know that this is hard to do, but often you can find night classes that fill the bill
  7. by   nekhismom
    Our nursing dept. lies!!!! Each semester our clinical hours are stated clearly in black and white on our school-printed schedule to be between 8 am and 2 pm on Tues. and Thurs. THIS IS A LIE!!!! Our first semeter, we had 3 weeks of clinical, on MOn. and Wed. from either 6 am to 10am or 10 am until 1 pm. Second semester, clinicals were tues and thurs from 6:45 am until 12:00 followed by post conference. Third semester, we had all hours under the sun from 5 am until 5 pm on EVERY tues and thurs. This semester, our last one, we have clinicals on varying days from 3pm until 11 pm. We have no choice of instructors or days/hours. That is just how the program works. I have had to drop a class before due to my clincal schedule, but I always picked it up over summer when there are no clinicals. We had to have our pre-reqs done first, but not our general ed. classes. Some conflicts are bound to arise, but your advisor should be able to help you out with this. Good luck! Oh, and everyone is right, HECTIC is the best word to describe nursing school!!
  8. by   ulianka
    YAHOOO!!! I had my uniform fitting and registration yesterday!!!
    Clinicals ARE included in the schedule. Actually they are included in the "lab" part of the schedule. Which in my case will be the whole Wensday 7.30-16.30.
    I got my class workbook (the cheapest one) as well. Now, 2 more weeks to go.
  9. by   KELLYGIRL
    I'm glad you got it figured out! Nursing school can be hectic on it's own. Not being able to figure out your schedule or where you are supposed to be and at what time makes it worse!

    Just remember, when in doubt ... don't rely on what your peers say about when something is due, or where you are supposed to be, etc. .... ask your instructors ... that way you won't be relying on hearsay.

    Good Luck!
  10. by   ucandoit
    Flexibility is the key for nursing school success!!!!!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Not to mention that being a contourtionist doesn't hurt either
  12. by   RNIAM
    With my school all classes are worked out so that there are no conflicts. I have never had a scheduling problem. Sorry I hope it all gets straightened out.
  13. by   ulianka
    Something to brag about...:hatparty: It has been almost 3 years since I've wrote this post. Since then I've went through medical and surgical floors, worked (for money ) on Transplant floor, survived Geriatrics, Obstetrics, MULTIPLE projects, made few friends .... and enemies, lOOOOOved ER, went to see my old post and saw myself growing.... OAOU!!! Felt excited and wrote this message.
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from shishel
    Something to brag about...:hatparty: It has been almost 3 years since I've wrote this post. Since then I've went through medical and surgical floors, worked (for money ) on Transplant floor, survived Geriatrics, Obstetrics, MULTIPLE projects, made few friends .... and enemies, lOOOOOved ER, went to see my old post and saw myself growing.... OAOU!!! Felt excited and wrote this message.

    Woot!:hatparty: :hatparty:

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