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?
So I understand that you rotate through different areas of nursing and it is where you learn your practical skills, right? I am looking to enter an ADN program and the site didn't mention 'clinicals'. However certain nursing courses have additional components which are outside of the classroom. Those classes would include-
Nursing Care of the Adult and Child 1 &2
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
So are the additional components to those classes 'clinicals' or are clinicals something entirely different?
My major concern is that I will be starting as a Clinical Lab Support Tech in the Microbiology dept of a hospital and my shift is 4pm-12:30pm. And unfortunately they can't be flexible with class. And I really need to keep this job because after a year they give pretty awesome tuition benefits, they are the premiere hospital in my area, and also have their own nursing programs as far as a BSN, MSN, etc.
The whole thing just has me really concerned and anxious.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Oh and for what it's worth I am coming from a Biology/Pre-Med major.