New grads

  1. For those about to graduate and all others out there, what would you change about the nursing program you attended? Like more clinical, more lab time, different diadactic topics, etc? Also are you a ADN or a BSN nurse. Thanks Jim R..
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  3. by   kimmicoobug
    ADN program. I would have liked more clinical. This year, I only spent 6 days in med-surg. I was assigned to various units and facilities, but if I end up in med-surg, I hope that 6 days in med-surg this year is enough..
  4. by   fairyprincess2003
    Hey there
    I already suggested this to my prof's, but more lab skill time. We had lab each week, but with different stations or work to do. We would get shown how to do a skill, ex IV's and then we could come to lab during open hours and practice. But you know students, many would but not enough. During clinicals you might feel like you ddn't practice enough. Well some of my fellow classmates and I suggested having a class dedicated strictly to practicing skills, that student are required to come to. Maybe once a week, or every other week. It is a nice thought, but I don't know how realistic adding another course would be. Maybe they could combine it. They liked the idea though.
    Just graduated Saturday with my BSN.
  5. by   itsnowbegun
    our class couldn't stress enough to our profesesors and admin, that we need more CLINICAL HOURS!!!!
    Have nurses assigned to us doing our clinicals who didn't mind teaching students.
    i graduated from a BSN program.
  6. by   missionnurse
    I graduated from an ADN program, and I would have liked more precepting clinical hours. We had lots of regular group clinical time, but I would have enjoyed more one-on-one time with another nurse. I also would have liked more time in PEDS and L&D. We had only 4 days in each area.

    Other than that I loved my program set up!

  7. by   NicuNsg
    I graduated from a ADN program and we had 1 clinical day a week in fund., 2 days of lab every other week, 2 days of class ea. wk. First semester I felt like I needed more than day a wk in only LTC.

    Then 2 days of clinicals from then on each week.

    In the summer we had OB 6wks. 3 days hospital, 2 days community, 1 day lab.

    Our final semester we had 100 hours of Precepting, after completing 12 days of clinicals. It is a great program with a lot of community and leadership for an ADN program.

    Thank heavens it's all over!!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by NicuNsg on May 31, '03
  8. by   NicuNsg
    I I forgot Psych we had 6 wks as well over the summer.
    4 days of inpt., 2 community
  9. by   EmeraldNYL
    I would have liked more of a choice in where we do our clinicals-- we were assigned to clinical sites. Also, I wish we could do an extra clinical in our senior seminar in an area of our choice-- I would like to spend more time in the ICU.
  10. by   redwinggirlie
    We spent about 190 hours per semester in clinicals, lectures were good, but I would have liked more lab time to just practice. Although, come to think of it, the lab was open (not all day mind you) but not many instructors were available at the time.
    I'm an ADN and we started clinicals after just five weeks into the program. It was great. Great school, instructors, program.
  11. by   nekhismom
    ADN program. We had a 6 days in LTC, 16 weeks of 2 days/week in L&D and Peds, and 12 weeks of 6 hours/day for 2 days a week in our first half of med-surg. Psych was included in that med-surg time. I have one semester left of Med-Surg, and we will have 192 or more precepted hours in all areas of pt. care. I wish we had teachers that would actually teach us, not just expect us to know. We had one day to practice IV's in the lab, then we practiccecd on other students. Had to learn on the floor. I just would like better instruction and also a little bit more clincal prep.
  12. by   TinyNurse
    I graduated on June 13th,
    I have to say more clinical time. We did only two days a week our senior year.
  13. by   vaughanmk
    BSN- My class needed more on the floor clinical hours. We did equal time in community nursing, which is an important area but we all needed more hands on within the med surg area.