Quote from Nurse Alissa
What do you mean when you say "you have to be flexible, although clinical days may only be 4-5 days per rotation."?? I am still new to all this, so Im not sure. Does that mean that I would have to go to clinicals 4-5 days in a row? The reason I ask is because either school I go to, Im going to have to drive almost 1 1/2 hrs to get there (Im on the northshore) and Charity is basically telling me that I can plan on having 2 days of clinicals and one of classes... I just need to know because I will be attempting to keep my job, part time. Thanks for your help!
Okay, the way that OLOL has done it in the past is as follows: 3 days per week of theory or classroom, 2 days per week of clinicals. I graduated in 1998, so it has changed a bit since then, in that they rotate the days and hours of clinicals a bit, so it can vary. I have kept up on it because I became a nurse manager and so had students from various schools on my unit. Some have clinicals on Thursday and Friday 7a-2p, some have them on other days, some are evening clinicals, it just depends on which teacher you are assigned.
In Baton Rouge, I think OLOL is the best school. In New Orleans, I think that Charity is excellent. I state this because I hired several nurses from Charity who came out of school having been exposed to a great deal more than students from other schools had. They were more well rounded, not easily shaken, had "been in the war zone" if you will. Nurses from OLOL seem to have the same exposure prior to graduating. It is an excellent school.
If I were you and had to make a choice between the two, it would be very difficult. I would think that Charity is cheaper than OLOL, but are they only offering a Diploma program? I don't ask this because I think that Diploma nurses are lesser, only that if you decide you want to go for your BSN or a different degree, I know that OLOL offers a variety and is continuing to expand.
Let me know if I can answer any more questions, and good luck!