I'm not a classroom instructor, just a clinical one for an ADN program. And I do my darndest to get the 'kids' ready for the real world in the short time I have them. I think it depends on the program you go to. Certainly the boards are important, but I have seen a decrease in the amount of clinical time spent over the years, at least in the schools
around here, and I'd much rather see more. I think two 10 or 12 hr clinicals a week should be minimum. Or, do all your clinical time the last year, 3 days a week. The program I teach in has been pretty flexible about times..they've done some evening clinicals, weekend, etc. to help accomadate working students.
In this area, there are 2 BSN programs, and 2 ADN programs. I have nurses at each hospital where I work tell me that the ADN students are generally superior clinically when they graduate and start working. I don't know why that would be, unless the BSN schools put an emphasis on 'management' which hardly anyone is going to do right out of nursing school