Premature Clinicals Question?? - page 2

Hi guys, I have a question about clinicals. I have tried to look around the site and google and all that but I didn't get a clear answer. So my question is what are clinicals, when do you do them, and how do they really work?... Read More

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    Quote from Xlorgguss
    I tried to crop a picture to show you guys what I'm talking about, but I guess I'll have to describe it better. So it's like

    8 cr. Nursing Care For The Adult and Child Thurs 8:00am-8:50 am
    0 cr. Nursing Care for the Adult and Child Tues 6:30am-3:30pm
    0 cr. Nursing Care For The Adult and Child Wedn 6:30am-3:30pm


    I am guessing that the 'clinicals' are those 9 hour blocks of time once a week, right?
    But then there are other sections of the same that are only 2 hours long. I just want to know if these are the 'clinicals' or if that is something completely different. ;~;

    For me, not working isn't really an option. And yes I did mean 4:00 pm-12:30am. Anything outside of that time I am free. I guess the one thing going for me is that by the time I actually apply to the nursing program I will have literally all of my classes done except the nursing courses. So I am really just looking to do two classes a semester- one class with clinicals and another one credit nursing class.

    The whole thing is just really confusing.
    The clinicals would be the 9 hour blocks of time you're referencing. The 2 hour part would be the corresponding lecture. Your program should have an outline of what you'll be taking each semester. Some classes don't have a clinical component, such as "nursing research" or "ethics", but you will probably be taking two clinical courses a semester and probably one lecture only class too.

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    I'm thinking the shorter class times are the lecture portion and the other 2 days are clinical days? My school is set up like this: we have a semester long 101 Fundamentals class, then 5 intermediates that are 7 weeks long (adult health 1 and 2, behavioral, peds, and maternity), and then a semester-long 202 that is 7 weeks class and 7 weeks preceptorship. Our schedule is to have lecture 2-3 days a week for 2 hours each and then 2 days of clinicals. There are no other options. There is no picking and choosing your schedule and no choosing which classes to take first. Once you start 101, you know your schedule through graduation. Everyone is full-time, there is no other option.
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    So you have clinicals two days a week it seems. Sadly nursing schools set their clinicals in stone, and if you miss more than 2, usually your dropped from the program (for mine that is, and if there is a medical issue like spraining a leg and such and it counts). So the short of it is, if your work interferes with your clinicals, you need to decide which is more important. You don't want to be fired from the hospital for poor attendance or excessive missed days, then as an RN most places won't hire you because you have a bad history of working in the hospital. The school probably won't make exceptions for you because you'll be entering a new student, and statistics show only a handful of students move past the first semester. You should find out if you can do part time work, otherwise you need to make the decision of which one is more important.
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    I've seen a lot of girls fail out because they worked too much and couldn't handle it + the workload of nursing school. Just something to take into consideration.
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    Have you talked to your school to find out if it is feasable to hold a job while in the program? Some of the schools I am looking at come right out and say it is impossible or nearly impossible to hold a job outside of the program. Even when you are not in class or in clinicals, there is studying and prep work that needs to be done for the next time.

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