I just saw that you wrote me back. I did my clinicals for Basics at Oschner in Kenner. I chose that site because I wanted one of the teachers that was there. I didn't really like clinicals because I was aways super anxious, but my teacher was good. You don't actually start clinicals till around the 7th week because you have to learn some basic skills first. We basically had one patient each week and did physical assessments, vital signs, meds and morning care (bed bath, hygiene, and bedmaking - sometimes w/ the patient in the bed). Then you have all the "fun" paperwork and charting. Fortunately, clinicals are every other week so you have breaks where you will have extra time to study.
The biggest thing is that you need to keep up from the start. Nursing school is a lifestyle. Try to study a couple of hours everyday or more if you have time (not sure if you have kids). I basically goto class, eat lunch, study from like 1-3, workout for 50 minutes, then pick up my son and I take care of him and goto bed. On days that I don't have class, I study from 9 - 2:45, exercise, pick-up my son, etc. Then on Saturdays, I study from 10 to 3 or 4, then workout. Sundays, I may get a couple of hours in, but I have my son all day so its hard to get much done. I try to goto bed by 9 because my son wakes up at 6am sharp and I cant function without sleep. I consider what I do the minimum. Most people study more--especially if they dont work or have kids. I make exercise a big priority because it really helps me feel energized and also because as students we have to take care of ourselves. You'll also learn how important it is to exercise in terms of your health and for preventive purposes.