According to NOVA's website, the two week clinical experience is on a med-surg unit. I'll let you know if I find out there's some flexibility with the actual unit assignment.
CJW was the only option for clinicals in Richmond. She did say if I was willing to travel, there were other options. I asked about flexibility with the timing of the clinicals because of a conflict with my job (which may not be a problem now.) I was told there was some flexibility, but they try to schedule clinicals as close as possible to the final skills weekend. Clinicals are full-time and based on the preceptor's actual schedule (days/evenings -- either three 12 hr shifts or ten 8 hour shifts.)
The required textbook is "Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care", and so far, most of the on-line modules/videos/animations seem to go along with chapters in that textbook (many appear to also be included on the DVD in the back of the text.)
I also had to go on-line and purchase a separate $44 on-line access code which is available for this textbook. I made the mistake of buying the text from Amazon
-- if I'd bought the text through the campus bookstore or the bookstore's website, the access code would have been included in the price of the book.
The class is accessed on-line via www.mynursinglab.com
. I have assignments which need to be completed by a given deadline each week, but everything is self-paced within the week. Weekly assignments include reading 5 to 8 chapters from the textbook, completing on-line modules, watching some on-line animations/videos, and taking a one hour weekly test. I've been told it should take anywhere from 25 - 40 hours each week to complete the required independent study. The reading takes the most time.
The "IV Infusion Therapy" two day skills weekend is not mandatory, but it's already included in the cost of the refresher class -- if enrolled in separately, it costs $400. The second skills weekend is mandatory, and is scheduled for the weekend prior to clinicals.
The instructor and the coordinator have been absolutely great so far, and that's been invaluable. I'll let you know how it goes.