Hi nurses and fellow nursing students! I'm in the second semester of a BSN program. It feels like there are some issues with the organization of the program and that there is an abnormal amount of tension between students and faculty. I'd like to tell you about my experience and then perhaps you will tell me if these are issues worth confronting or whether I should just shut up, study, graduate and move on. I think I'll make a list to organize my thoughts. 1) We have two nursing instructors who were hired the week before the start of this Fall semester. They are experienced nurses but they seem unprepared and seem to be just "winging it." We missed two clinical days because one newly hired instructor had a pre-planned vacation so we had to make up the clinical hours giving shots at a flu clinic, doing a case study assignment, and working at a health fair booth. The other class has been chaotic to the point where students often don't know what the assignments are, when the assignments are due, or what the instructor expects in a completed assignment. 2) We do a huge amount of work at home before each class meeting and quiz. Sometimes there is no lecture at all, and it's up to us to learn the material on our own. We've been told that this will help us develop our independent learning skills, but it feels like instructor laziness. It takes much, much more time to learn on your own without a teacher explaining things in lecture. Last semester faculty in all departments at the university went on strike. This did not result in the loss of clinical hours and I philosophically support the right of people to strike if they think they are being paid unfairly. But now I wonder about faculty morale. Might faculty be putting less effort into their teaching or preparation because they feel underpaid?3) We pay for and use two electronic programs to supplement our learning, Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing and ATI. Many of the students feel that the content of these programs does not match up well with what we are learning in class. Many of the adaptive quizzing questions are way too difficult and many of us cannot get through the assignments without pausing to look up every answer as we take the quizzes. The ATI program has helpful videos but the ATI tests have quite a few errors, and we complain about this after every ATI test. The instructors don't seem familiar with how these program work or exactly what material they cover. You ask them why such-and-such was presented a certain way on the programs and they are clueless as to what you are talking about.4) Our program seems extremely heavy on book work and very light on clinical work. We have classes on nursing informatics and nursing theory and nursing research, but so far there seems little emphasis or time to practice clinical skills. Our physical assessment class was taught as if we were all training to be nurse practitioners - "Patient comes in off the street with XYZ symptoms, how do you interview and assess the patient, what diagnostics and labs do you order and what medicines do you prescribe?" The process was exactly like walking into a doctor or nurse practitioner's office. I thought I was training to be a floor or community nurse, not to become a nurse practitioner or researcher. I don't even know how to start an IV yet! Other students have expressed similar feelings.5) Last one. My nurse informatics professor asked for feedback because none of the students seem motivated about his class. I told him via email that I didn't want to learn how to develop relational databases, design EHR user interfaces, or manage EHR implementation phases - I just learned how to open a patient's hospital chart a month ago. Now he has asked me to stay after class on Friday to discuss this and I'm not sure what else to say.Thank you if you read all that. I wonder if I should have done an LVN program first and then bridged to an RN/BSN program. Am I being lazy or short-sighted? Do I just need an attitude adjustment? Help! Thanks!