Congrats to you!
I just finished Block (semester) 3 of an ADN program (already have a Bachelors and went back to get my RN at age 45).
Not to scare you, but get ready for a life change! I would read the comments on here about how hard nursing school
is and thought "how hard can it be?" Well, it is hard! There is a lot of info to learn in a very short amount of time. If you are a dedicated student you can do it! If others can do it, you can too!
We had clinicals starting the second month of school. Our first rotation was in a long-term care facility, which included a lot of CNA type work (not being demeaning to CNAs- but it is a lot of bed making, helping patients dress and eat, etc.). You will get to give meds to patients after you pass a med skills check off at school. As you progress through school, you will learn new skills and use them (under the supervision of your clinical instructor and an RN that you shadow for the day.) At my school, the clinical rotations change with each block. We have 4 blocks and we have gone through Block 1 long-term care at a facility, Block 2 med surg at a hospital, Block 3 peds/L&D/med surg at a hospital. Block 4 for us will include psysch and then critical care. To give you an idea of how some of your skills progress, you will start out giving oral meds in Block 1 and by Block 3 you will be administering IV meds.
At our school, the hospitals and days of clinical and lectures change each block. You do get to request first and second choices for which hospital you want to go to. Clinical days are enjoyable but can be tiring since you start at 6:30 and can be there for 12 hrs. Of course, hours will depend on your school. You also have to pick patients the day before, review their charts, and write the "dreaded care plans
." Care plans are very time consuming and you may be up late into the night (especially when you first start out) doing them. You will definitely grow to hate care plans!
Hope this info helps. Best of luck to you!!