Hey! So KU's program is really intense, but I imagine every nursing school
is. I love that KU has a fantastic first time NCLEX pass rate and they really focus on prepping you for both NCLEX and the real world of nursing.
KUMC will get you places. You have so many opportunities at KU and the school is great about getting you those opportunities. Many people at KU get externships around the country and even the world. Some of these externships include the Mayo Clinic or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. If you're not interested in exploring outside of the state, there are still many wonderful opportunities around here. For example, you can intern during the summer in palliative care, the operating room, or any other unit at the KU hospital.
For capstones, you can go virtually anywhere in the Kansas City area! In addition, there are at least four out of the country opportunities for part of your capstone. This past year, these countries included India, Costa Rica, Uganda and one other country I can't remember at the moment.
I can't speak for Saint Luke's because I don't go there of course. But I love KU for the opportunities, the professors, and for how much they care about their student body. (As in, there are a lot of clubs and activities for the students - lots of free stuff and food!) Plus, being in a teaching hospital is so much easier than a regular hospital because pretty much every staff member is super open about taking a student (this also includes patients). Every patient I have had has been great about having a student since they know they are in a teaching hospital.
Again, I don't know about Saint Luke's but here's a typical week at KU for me.
Monday and Thursday we have pathophysiology, professional development, and health & illness. Friday this semester we have quality improvement and pharmacology, and get out around noon. Tuesday is my clinical day and I have Wednesday off.
First semester, we have BATI (Basic Assessments and Therapeutic Interventions), or Nursing Bootcamp. You learn and get checked off on all of your skills in the first 8 weeks. It's very intense but it's great
to get it all out of the way so you can just practice those skills in clinical. Then, the second half of the semester, you start clinicals. (Also, I know KU prides itself on having the most clinical hour experiences for their BSN program, but I don't know how many hours other schools
Overall, I'm extremely happy that I chose KU. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable. Although I'm tired all the time and it is a LOT of work, I think this goes for nursing school in general. Choose the best fit for you! Let me know if there are any other specific questions you have.