Quote from texasnurse2010
Just wondered if you still visit here?
I go in spurts.
I can't PM, but feel free to hit me with your questions here, if you don't mind the public thing. I'm inclined to talk here, anyway, just so that if somebody else comes along with a similar question/concern, they can read too.
As far as grad schools, I haven't heard much there -- I've heard from/about mostly new nurses and hospital staff re: which programs they prefer to get new nurses from. The word on the units seems to be that OUCN students aren't nearly as well-prepared as students from the other upper-tier area schools. I'm concerned about grad school, but am 1/3 of the way through the program and couldn't have transferred out anyway, for personal reasons, so I'll have to deal with any trouble as it comes.
I've heard from several sources that a lot of the UCO students are really happy with and doing well in their program, and that they get a lot more hands-on time than we do. We get one two-hour skills lab and an eight-hour clinical day per week, but the UCO students are reportedly rarely on campus, usually at the hospital, working on their nursing skills. I can't say how well they do didactic, but I do feel that we don't get nearly enough practicum. We're told that while in school, we're learning the procedure for things, practicing them once or twice, then sort of actually getting to DO them only when we're out of school. That doesn't sit well with me, and the friends and family I've disclosed that to were uncomfortable with the idea, as well, from the perspective of patient/family.
About a month into the spring semester, some things have improved. There's a LITTLE more lecture, but not much. It's still tons of reading, very little practice. One class just meets in clinical groups for skills lab and clinical, two classes are one two-hour lecture a week, at best, and one meets about once a month. Still mostly online, primarily Powerpoints, some recorded clips and lectures. I do okay with it, but I don't think it's ideal. Lots of students are feeling more confident, but there are still quite a few really struggling, and I still don't think the program remotely suits the learn-by-doing student. We lost about 25% of the class during/after first semester.
If a student was considering OUCN, I'd actually recommend strongly considering the OCCC/OU collaborative route -- the students coming from OCCC do their first year there and second at OUCN, which doesn't seem like it would help much, but they really do seem to be happier with their program than we are with ours.
Anyway. Hope that helps some!