I was wondering if anyone has went through or is planning on going through the LPN-RN HACC clinicals. I'm going to be attending Lebanon HACC's clinicals and am sooo nervous. I was wondering about the instructors, is it possible to work? How much time do you spend a week on homework? I have really only worked at a nursing home so I feel I will have a very difficult time in the transition course because I have not used, therefore lost most of my skills. Please give me some words of encouragement!! Thanks!
Jan 21, '12
Hello Kelly. I graduated almost 5 years ago from HACC - doing the LPN-RN. I went to Harrisburg for the transition class though. It was a difficult transition initially to go from practicing nurse to student again. The transition class is a mini-version of what a regular semester will be - the 1st half of the class is lecture, computer modules and skills lab the the second half is clinicals. I worked one day a week - and honestly, that was enough. There were a few people that worked more than that...but most people did not work at all. There is ALOT of work that needs to be done independently. The reading, the assignments, the studying. There is alot of paperwork/case studies for clinicals as well. The more you put in, the better you do. I learned more from that clinical paperwork than I ever thought possible. I personally saw as a student, then later as a tutor that the people that complained the most were the people that really werent doing the work...then said that they were picked on or being failed (yet they were the ones that missed class, turned things in late or incomplete, didnt read the texts, etc)
Many people complain about HACC being unfair or too hard. I cannot vouch for indivdual instructors---I am sure that there are some not so good ones out there. HACC is tough. But if you get through it - you are VERY well prepared. Most local employers have said that they would rather have HACC grads that most other new grads. It will be your full time job, and then some. But it's worth it. Anyway, good luck to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message
Jan 23, '12
I am currently in the RN program at the Lancaster Hacc....I absolutely love it! The teachers we have are wonderful. There is a lot of clinical paperwork and reading but well worth it. We have lost a good bit of people but it is doable. Good luck! You can do it!
Apr 28, '12
hi there, i am currently a hacc student and will be starting my clinicals in 2013. Just curious what is covered in the first year of clinicals. since i am going to lancaster, you would be a best person to ask this question. also did you ever feel sick to your stomach after looking at something or something that they make you do. I sometimes dread that part. and how did you get over it.