What type of rotations did you go through in nursing school?

  1. 0 Also what did you like and dislike the most?
  2. Visit  sevenup0307 profile page

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  3. Visit  Camwill profile page
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    I am heading into my third semester and we do all our rotations at one hospital. We have been on the med surg floors, emergency room, surgery, l&d, mother baby, nicu, neuro, telemetry, hyperbaric chamber, mental health, peds, even a elementary school with school nurse, and summer camp for ill children. I can't wait to see what we do this semester! Our last semester (next spring) is going to be the best! We interview for the department we want, more often than not you get it and also majority of the nursing students will get an offer from that department before the end of the semester! I am extremely excited
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    I am heading into my third semester and we do all our rotations at one hospital. We have been on the med surg floors, emergency room, surgery, l&d, mother baby, nicu, neuro, telemetry, hyperbaric chamber, mental health, peds, even a elementary school with school nurse, and summer camp for ill children. I can't wait to see what we do this semester! Our last semester (next spring) is going to be the best! We interview for the department we want, more often than not you get it and also majority of the nursing students will get an offer from that department before the end of the semester! I am extremely excited
    That's awesome!!! Congrats! You must be doing a certificate program through a hospital? I don't think our nursing program will offer us all these rotations, i hope they do tho!
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    That's awesome!!! Congrats! You must be doing a certificate program through a hospital? I don't think our nursing program will offer us all these rotations, i hope they do tho!
    These are regular rotations in our program whatever our professors lectures on we get to see plus whatever treatments our patient receives we can attend. As a matter of fact they look for patients going in for surgery or getting neat procedures done. That's a cool thing about our school since it is based out of a hospital.
  6. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    All the standard rotations: Med/Surg (two semesters), Maternity, Psych, Peds, Community Health and then Preceptorship.
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    Quote from KelRN215
    All the standard rotations: Med/Surg (two semesters), Maternity, Psych, Peds, Community Health and then Preceptorship.
    My question is do nursing programs give their students some exposure in ICU/ER/NEURO/OR, anything involving critical care? I'm hoping to work in critical care when I graduate
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    My question is do nursing programs give their students some exposure in ICU/ER/NEURO/OR, anything involving critical care? I'm hoping to work in critical care when I graduate
    I am sure the exposure depends on your school and hospital. I wanted to go to my school because students were very happy with their clinical experience plus a lot of other reasons. I would ask students in your school or schools you are considering how the experience is you may get the exposure you want!
  9. Visit  breezy7 profile page
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    Ours are Basic Skills/Assessment, Med-Surg, Psych, Peds, OB, Community, and Senior "Externship"
  10. Visit  christina731 profile page
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    1st semester was Intro consisting of LTC for 4 weeks and sub-acute for 6 weeks. 2nd semester is med/surg I and mental health. 3rd semester is L & D and Peds. 4th semester is med/surg II and preceptorship.

    I just finished 1st semester and between LTC and sub-acute, I liked sub-acute the best
    Last edit by christina731 on Jul 27, '13
  11. Visit  danielle11 profile page
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    1st semester has no clinicals - we spent all our time in the Skills Lab
    2nd semester is Adult Health 1 with clinicals at any one of 4 hospitals on various departments (Telemetry, oncology, surgical, GI lab, ortho, respiratory, neuro, etc)
    3rd semester is OB and Peds with clinicals at any one of 4 hospitals on various floors (L&D, PP, NICU, Peds) and then we do a weekend stay (orientation Friday and clinical 0630- 1700 Sat and Sun) at a major CA children's hospital and I was luckily one of 5 students to be placed in the NICU which was an incredible experience
    4th semester is Community Health and Psych - For community health we can have clinicals in a multitude of places such as schools, homes, clinics, etc and for psych I was in a locked acute care facility
    5th semester is adult health 2 with clinicals at any one of the 4 hospitals on various floors (ICU, OR, ER, PACU, etc)
    6th semester is our preceptorship where we can request any hospital and dept in the area we wish to be placed at (can even request major hospitals 1-2 hours away although we may not necessarily get what we request)

    Overall I have been extremeley pleased with my clinical rotations thus far in NS (I am going into my 5th semester) and feel that my school gives us lots of exposure to all different areas
  12. Visit  Katsmeow profile page
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    I'm starting next month but this is our schedule:
    1st semester is Community Health & LTC
    2nd semester is OB, Peds & Adult I
    3rd semester is research & ethics (no clinicals)
    4th semester is psych & adult II
    5th semester is Public health, Critical Care & Practicum
  13. Visit  green34 profile page
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    First semester was a med-surg where we became accustomed to skills. I was in the ER 1 day. 2nd semester was an ortho/med-surg and 1 day in surgery (saw a male prosthetic). 3rd semester was on a neuro floor with 2 days in the neuro ICU and 1 day in the burn unit along with psych which included 1 day in peds psych. 4th semester will be my ICU preceptorship, peds, OB, and geriatrics which is at a nursing home.

    I've been lucky. I've had great exposure because I've had great instructors.

    The ER early on was not a normal rotation, it was because I am familiar with the ER due to being a paramedic and doing paramedic clinicals (which are different than nursing clinicals). I did get to see quite a few different treatments like an upper GI endoscopy and someone else saw part of an open heart surgery but I don't count them as rotations unless they were scheduled for everyone to do like the surgery rotation or the ICU rotation.
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    Quote from sevenup0307
    My question is do nursing programs give their students some exposure in ICU/ER/NEURO/OR, anything involving critical care? I'm hoping to work in critical care when I graduate
    Not typically. Neuro isn't critical care, it's a specialty floor. Many of our clinical groups had rotations on Neuro units. I did my Med/Surg clinicals in Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Step-Down. My instructor did arrange for each of us to spend one day in an ICU or in the OR. You can't do much as a student in the OR other than observe. You could get a preceptorship in the ER or an ICU, depending on your school. My school offered this option. Those placements are typically highly coveted and you need to be at the top of your class to be considered for them.


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