What is the week like of an ADN student?...

  1. Hello everyone. I was wondering if any ADN students could share with me what a week of school consists of for them. Do you attend clinicals everyday? How often do you attend lecture classes? Are any of you enrolled in a evening program? If so, does that schedule seem to work better for you if you have a family? These questions, and any other answers you can provide for me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    Sonia
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  3. by   Ruylupez
    I am in the second semester of an ADN program. I finished all the non-nursing classes before beginning the nursing program so my week in school is easier than many others in my class.

    For school I have:
    Monday:
    Clinicals from 6:00am to 2:30pm During this I get one 15 min break and one 30 min. break
    Tuesday:
    OB Lecture from 8:30am to 11:35AM
    Wednesday:
    Nothing
    Thursday:
    Nursing Skills Lecture from 8:30am to 9:30am
    Nursing Skills Lab from 9:40am to 11:30am
    Friday:
    OB Lecture from 8:30am to 11:35AM

    During an average week I usually need to read about 6 chapters out of our text books and do a maybe 3-4 extra hours of homework and I try to spend an extra few hours each week in the lab practicing what ever we are working on in there.

    We have quizzes almost every time we have a lecture and average about 1 exam each week.

    They have told us that during part of 3rd and all of 4th semester we will be doing two days of clinicals each week.
  4. by   meesa214
    I'm a first semester ADN student. We only take one class...Fundamentals of Nursing.

    Here's what my schedule is generally like...
    Mon: Lecture 9-2:30
    Tue: Clinical 8-1
    Wed: Clinical 8-1
    Thur: Lab 1-3:30
    Fri: off
  5. by   JudithL_in_NH
    I'm a second semester ADN student; I had finished all my pre-reqs except Micro before beginning the program.

    Monday
    Open Lab from 9:30-10:30
    Study until lecture
    Nursing lecture from 1-3:30
    Study until I pick up the youngest (10yo) at ballet at 5:30; I also have two teenagers.
    Spend about 45 minutes at my clinical site Monday evening researching my patient's chart; then 2-3 hours at home doing pre-clinical planning and looking up meds for clinical.

    Tuesday
    Clinical 7-3
    Spend another two hours that evening doing clinical paperwork

    Wednesday
    Clinical 7-3
    Spend another two hours doing clinical paperwork

    Thursday
    Nursing lecture 11:30-1:30
    Then another couple of hours finishing clinical paperwork (must be turned in by 4PM) This past week I turned in 15 typed pages of paperwork: Two process recordings with care plans, preclinical planning--basic info about client, med hx, all meds, info about the disease process--reflective journal, etc.
    5-10PM Micro, including lab

    Friday
    No classes.
    On alternating Fridays I either volunteer at my youngest's school and also get some studying done, or go visit my mom 3h away in LTC (I spend the whole day in the car) Once a month I let one of the children play hookey and go with me to vist my mom; gives us some one-on-one time and makes the old folks at the nursing home really happy.

    Weekends
    I work 7-3 as an ICU secretary every other weekend.
    On my off weekends I catch up on my lecture studying.
  6. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Sonia--

    I considered an evening program, but since my kids are all school age, it made more sense for me to be in school mostly when they are as well. My teenage daughter "covers" the youngest when I don't get home in time for the school bus.
  7. by   Jen2
    I am in my second semester of an ADN program and this is my typical week.

    Mondays- Work from 7:00a.m. until 3:30p.m. and have nutrition from 6:00p.m. until 8:30p.m. (need it for my BSN so I thought I'd take it now to get it out of the way.)

    Tuesdays- Lecture from 8:00a.m. until 12noon, and the I have lab from 2:00p.m. until 4:00p.m.

    Wednesdays- I have lecture from 1:00p.m. until 3:00p.m. then I have to go to the hospital and pre-plan for clinical the next day.

    Thursdays- Clinical from 7:00a.m. until 3:30p.m.

    Fridays no class, just work and I also work every other weekend. In between all of this I study and attempt to have a life.
  8. by   sbonaparte
    Thank you for responding to my post. I had no idea what the schedule would be like for an ADN student and I have kids(ages 4, 9, 10), so I wanted to try and plan my schedule accordingly. I feel very confident about this particular ADN program, that begins fall 2004. I'm waiting on the call to see if I will be among the fortunate to be signed up for the pharmacology class that begins this summer. If all goes well, maybe I'll be able to start the ADN progarm this fall. If not, I'll have finished all my prerequisites to apply for the BSN spring 2005 semester. I wish all of you continued success in your endeavors.

    Sonia
  9. by   RN_2_B_5/2004
    I am in my last 6 weeks of an ADN program:

    Monday: Lecture 9:30-12:30 then 1:30-2:30 for Team Leading Prep
    Tuesday: Clinicals on Days 6:45am-4:00pm--PM's 2:30pm-Midnight
    Wednesday: Same as Tuesday
    Thursday: Lecture 9:30-12:30

    Political Process Paper to do
    Ethics Presentation
    Personal Nursing Philosophy paper
    Managerial Style Paper
    1 exam

    Plus a 2 day preceptorship at the hospital of our choice and an interview/resume workshop

    Then add in studying for the NCLEX exam.

    We are quite busy these last 6 weeks and really don't have time for much of anything other than school.
  10. by   RN 2005
    Um sorry but the first thing that came to my mind when I read this thread heading was...........H E double toothpicks!!!
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    Well I haven't started yet, but I already know what my schedule is going to be like:

    Monday..class from 8 am - 5 pm
    Tuesday..class from 7 am - 3 pm then again 7 pm- 10 pm
    Wednesday...class from 8 am- - 3:10 pm
    Thursday... class from 7 am - 3 pm
    Friday... class from 10 am - 2 pm

    2 of my six classes are done after six weeks, thank God, but that is when Clinicals start, I believe, but I'm not sure yet.

    I also have to manage my time with my three little ones, but Trey will be in all-day kindergarten by then so that will help some.
  12. by   Iluvhospice
    Quote from sbonaparte
    Hello everyone. I was wondering if any ADN students could share with me what a week of school consists of for them. Do you attend clinicals everyday? How often do you attend lecture classes? Are any of you enrolled in a evening program? If so, does that schedule seem to work better for you if you have a family? These questions, and any other answers you can provide for me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    Sonia
    Hi Sonia ~

    I am a first semester ADN student. I am taking the theory classes online - just have to go to campus to take the tests. It takes a lot of discipline, but it's well worth not having to sit in lecture for umpteen hours per week! I have 3 kids - 14, 12, and 9.

    My schedule: Monday - no school - just study time
    Tuesday - no school - just study time
    Wednesday - go to hospital after noon and research patient
    Thurs - clinical 6:45 - 2:30
    Friday - clinical 6:45 - 2:30
    Saturday - soccer, lacrosse, kickball games
    Sunday - church, study, clinical homework
    (clinical homework consists of 1 page write-up of the medical
    diagnosis, write-up of all the meds I've given - and all prns
    I might have had to give, PERSON assessment, and Nursing
    Care plan. All of this usually takes me about 2 1/2 hrs to type
    up and send via email.)


    Hope this helps! Sarah
  13. by   Teena Louise
    Hello everyone,

    I am in my second semester as an ADN student, I am 45 years old and sleep less now than when my children were babies.

    My schedule:
    Monday - off
    Tuesday 8-12:20 Med Surg Lect
    Wednesday 8-11:20 Pscyh Lect 11:30-12:40 Lab
    Thursday 8-3 Psych clinical then to the hospital after 6 pm to prepare for Friday's clinical
    Friday 7-2 clinical (45 minutes travel time each way to the hospital)

    When I am not at school or in clinicals I am usually reading or writing note cards (I have quite an extensive collection) Our Psych instructor only give 3 exams the entire semester with not quizzes so they are very involved and require a greal deal of prep. I'm not going to lie, there are days I wonder what I have gotten myself into and then I go to the hospital and get to put my newly acquired skills to use and it all makes sense.

    To all of you students who are just beginning, I understand the animosity, but hang in there it really is worth it.
  14. by   LauraLou
    I am also a first semester ADN student. I have class or clinical every day of the week.

    Mon
    8:00-11:00 Skills Lab
    Tues
    6:30-3:30 Clinical
    Wed
    6:30-12:30 Clinical
    Thur
    1:00-3:30 Lecture
    Fri
    1:00-3:30 Lecture

    Some students have Skills lab on Thursday or Friday mornings, so they have one day off a week. I like my schedule because my only long day is Tuesday.

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