Hmmm, where do I start?
I really do think this is a great program...are there challenges? Sure. We are all coming from very different backgrounds and situations, and when you add in the stress of nursing school in general, it is difficult- I won't lie to you. I think one of the keys is to work together as a class to help each other out- the professors we have had so far are wonderful at doing everything they can to help us, but at the end of the day, we are the ones that have to put in the work to learn the information. For me personally, it is all about time management- I am married, and have 2 kids (7 year old and a 1 year old), so balancing everything can be difficult, but I find a way to make it work.
For this semester, we are taking 5 classes- Patho, Pharm, Fundamentals, Health Assessment, and a Wellness class that only lasted for 7 weeks. I am not sure if these will be exactly the same for next year's class, because there are some curriculum updates going on right now. We have clinicals on Tuesdays, so that is an early morning (we start at 0630 those days)- clinical paperwork is very time consuming, but the overall clinical experience has been great. All of our professors try to coordinate their lectures so that we are learning the same system in each class, so the information makes more sense. It isn't always exact, but it's been pretty close; plus we have a really great simulation lab where we can practice skills on mannequins. These manniquins are kind of cool....they can be programmed to do almost anything; you can practice anything from doing a head to toe assessment, delivering a baby, or listening to abnormal lung sounds- and your mannequin can respond to you. While it isn't the same as working with a "real" patient, it is a good way to introduce skills!
Let's see...not sure if you have specific questions? Feel free to ask away... I'll do my best to answer what I can!