I'm a LPN and I'm enrolled to begin a RN program in the Fall. The LPN program that I attended included 24 hours of clinical per week(2-12 hour days) and we attended class the other three days from 8am-3pm. That went on for 11 months.
The ADN program that I am going to attend has just made revisions in their program structure. The program is still 4 semesters of actual nursing (you are required to have the math, A&P one, and Psychology pre-req's).....however, the first 2 semesters are considered PN portion and you have the option to exit then and take the NCLEX-PN and make that a career or continue on to 2nd year ADN level. If you elect to take the NCLEX-PN and plan to CONTINUE....you must not fail the NCLEX...otherwise you are out.
LPN's that have one year of work experience are admitted as accelerated ADN students and sit out the first year.
I was suprised to learn that be doing only 6 hour clinicals twice per week. WOW!
That is a vast contrast to the program I attended before. I'm curious to see what the NCLEX pass rate will be for this program. It is a NLN accredited program and I'm sure that much of the students success depends on how much they prepare themselves.
The whole thing about diploma programs is this....no denying that they are immersed in nursing care much of their time. It's a shame that academia felt that is where nursing was best learned....at college/university level. I agree that there must be a "balance" in theory and clinical...but clinical is where you APPLY the theory. Todays health concerns are no longer textbook cases much of the time. People are often living with many disease processes and on many medications. The level of nursing care needed by the clients of today requires nurses to be "hands on" from the beginning. This is where we develop our acute senses for knowing when a patient has taken a turn for the worse because we might be able to detect the subtle signs NOT emphasized in a text book. I can read all day long but what really sticks with me is learning to apply what I have learned.
I am NOT knocking any program. I just kinda think that "floor time" helps us become comfortable in our surroundings and maybe better prepared to take on the roles that we are learning to fill.
Thanks for the the thread and I look forward to your (polite
BTW...I have never made below a B in any course and I passed boards first time up with minimum # of questions(85). I am not bragging...I feel that my nursing program did an excellent job on their part to prepare me is all.