when looking at linfield i heard the same assumption, which made me worry i would not get critical care experience. so i asked a recent linfield grad and he said:
"i'm not sure where the community health focused rep came from. 213 is really the only class where you delve into it with any depth. i guess linfield may have you spend more class time learning about it than other places but there is still a definite acute/chronic care priority."
as far as linfield vs. ohsu i have a couple of thoughts. ... secondly, what type of nursing to you forsee yourself going in to? the reason i ask is that i have gotten the feeling from posts that i have read and students/nurses that i have spoke to that linfield and ohsu have different focuses in their respective programs. i have heard it said that linfield does a great job of preparing students for community health type nursing. whereas ohsu takes on more of a hospital critical care focus.
this linfield grad now works at an ohsu's icu. this would lead me to believe that the community health focus is a false assumption. like he said, linfield probably goes into more depth for community health than other programs, but critical care training is still a key focus. this has been confirmed by a few other linfield grads as well. but like all schools, you have a choice on your focus area, and from there your instructors will do their best to help you reach that goal.
besides ohsu, linfield is one of three schools in the area with a hospital on site. in this case legacy good sam. the other being walla walla partnering with portland adventis.
outside of the school itself, i am also looking forward to the nw neighborhood, easy access to transit (max and the street car). i have no desire to try and commute to the hill with the thousands of other people every day. at least with linfield we get commuter parking as well.
i think any choice will be fine, you got into school that's the main thing!