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Hi all nurses,I am currently a preclinical student at HACC. I will be ready for clinicals in aug of 2013 but someone said that lancaster general is better than HACC when looking for job. Is it true that hospitals prefer LGH graduates over HACC? If that is the case should i transfer to lgh? Has anyone done that? How smooth is the transition? I thank you all for trying to help me....
Hi there. I am not a nurse but I am a nursing student currently at HACCs york part time program and I actually have experience with both HACC and LGH. I started at HACC years ago and completed all of my pre-reqs there. A few months before I was to apply to part time clinicals a friend thay had transferred out of HACC to LGH talked me into applying. I live in York so I knew it would be difficult but I thought hey, it'd be nice to go through clincials with a friend. I actually applied to LGHs part time weekend program after the application deadline, and got accepted, granted I had a 4.0 and some good references, but I was none the less surprised. I started there August of 2011. The class was very large compared to HACCs part time program. The instructors all hammered into our heads that they were there to help and wanted everyone to succeed. I did like the instructors, however, I felt that we were pretty much thrown into the middle of chaos and given a lot of info all at once, our skills were not taught to us very well at all and we were expected to pass this practicum of ALL the skills at once at the end of the semester. We also expected to pass an ATI exam to move on to the next semester. Clinical weekends were definitly unorganized and we felt rushed through each "station", learning from many different instructors in one day. Well, my mother in law passed away in September from Pancreatic Cancer. It was a very stressful time for my family and she was also babysitting for us so I could make the commute to class 2x a week, my husband was off every other weekend when I had clinicals. As much as I did not want to drop out of clinicals, and leave my friend behind, I had to. On top of school, I had also returned to the work force after being home with my kids for five years and was working as an NA at a hospital, night shift, with a child still home during the day while my husband worked. It was a mess. lol
Fast forward to now: I have finals for my second semester of clinicals next week and I could not be happier to have returned to HACC. It has been, in my opinion, a much more gradual learning process. The skills we are to learn are demonstrated to us and then we set up a time to come in an test off on them, there are deadlines to meet, but it is not a "test all of it in one day" thing like at LGH. The class is smaller, our tasks at the clinical sight also progressed gradually, I did not feel like I was being thrown to the wolves to make it on my own. It is much nicer for me since I live so close, there is theory one night a week and a clinical night on a second night of the week, so it's two days a week instead of two days then clincials every other weekend. We still are doing ATI testing but we do not need some passing score on those exams to go on to the next semester. Many of the instructors are wonderful and understanding, then there are a few that are a little intimiditaing and harder on their students, but I have not met one yet who was actually mean. Now there are variations in different instructors' teaching styles and what they expect of their students, which can be a little frustrating when you switch clinical instructors each semester, but it was like that in some ways at LGH too. I prefer HACC, and here in York I hear that HACC nurses are the prefferred choice for employers, I am not sure how it is in Lancaster, I am sure they are partial to local nurses but I do not know. I do know that I had an interview at LGH before I started working at a local hospital here, and they were pretty snobby over there lol. Oh and LGH is about twice as much in cost compared to HACC, which was not cool.
Overall, I prefer HACC a lot more over LGH, i feel like I have a much higher chance of success here and I am very glad that I came back. I hope my rambling has given you some useful info to help with your decision. Have a nice day