I completely agree with Speechless. I also went to Ryerson. I never got a pediatric or maternity rotation. Our maternity
'course" consisted of 6 Hours of stuff like these are pregnancy symptoms,etc. Super basic stuff. In no way would our two week lecture prepare you for maternity. Friends had to buy and read up on maternity themselves because Ryerson does not teach you a full maternity course. I had NS friends who had a whole semester on maternity, peds, etc. I have friends that never got both of those and also didnt get mental health. The pharm class is not a pharm class...its integrated into our patho class. I have a friend in RPN school right now and her pharm class is hardcore...they have to know everything about meds, side effects etc. Maybe it was just the clinical instructors I had or the profs but I was never grilled on stuff like that. Stuff like that...I just feel like we could have had a great pharm course and it was so basic that it didnt prepare us for graduating. All I remember learning about was insulins and a few other meds. It was NOT comprehensive at all for pharmacology in comparison. Alot of my classmates would be like "what pharm class? we had no pharm class!". There were too many theory courses and barely any hardcore science courses like in all the US nursing programs
that I keep reading about.
And then you get a whole year of community - something like 400 hours! and then they expect you to rock fourth year after not being in acute care for a year and a half....so going from like 1 pt generally in year 2 to 4 to 6 pts in year 4 was extremely difficult to time manage. They really need to change community to year 2 and then do medsurg in year 3 and then regular year 4. And give students actual choice of placements. They didnt take into consideration where you lived. One good example of this is that I had to commute 1 hr 45 minutes in second year for clinical....while students who lived by that hospital had to commute 2 hours into downtown toronto...does not make sense placement wise!!!
I had friends who also had long term care placements in fourth year...that does not prepare you to enter the acute end of things...sure if thats what you want to do but they had requested med surg or ER etc and got non acute care placements. I think it was because our NS was huge and they didnt have enough good clinical spots...
I guess pros are that ryerson is right downtown so its handy that way. Personally if i had to pick again I would have gone to a nursing school with more varied clinical placements, not a 400 hr community placement (day cares? elementary schools? fine...but not a whole semesters worth...could have been done in like 3 to 4 weeks...we dont need 12 weeks of teaching nutrition class for grade school students)...I see the point of all the community courses. It WAS interesting...I liked it. But they could condense it into a half semester course. The majority of student do not go directly into community after graduation.
But then again I heard negative things about York, U of T, etc...so I guess I'm not the only NS who was unhappy with the way clinicals and courses were run. Most profs at ryerson were great though, I never had an issue with profs. They were all very helpful