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

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    Also what did you like and dislike the most?
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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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    Quote from Camwill
    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.
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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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    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
    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!
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    Ours are Basic Skills/Assessment, Med-Surg, Psych, Peds, OB, Community, and Senior "Externship"
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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
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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


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