I am a 2nd semester (first year) student at a community college nursing school (ADN).
This is the first class to participate in the "new curriculum". We have been told by the faculty that this curriculum change was mandated by the accreditation board (specific board un-named) across the country. We were told that our program was one of the last changing over to the "new curriculum" nation-wide.
In essence, we have fundamentals the first semester. The second semester we have 10 weeks of med/surg (formerly taught as a 16 week course but now "compressed") and 6 weeks of Mother/Child. Summer semester is 8 more weeks of med/surg.
After these three semesters, we are elligible to sit the LPN licensing examination.
At this point, we can opt out of the program as LPNs, or continue for two more semesters (psych and one other --can't come up with it right now off the top of my head) to sit the RN boards.
Unfortunately, due to the compressed content of this semester so far (16 weeks of med/surg in 10 weeks' time), the best guess is that out of 65 students, only about 15-17 are passing. In comparison, last year's class (now seniors) started with about 60 and still 40-some remain.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with this "new curriculum". Is this really an across-the-board change for ADN nursing schools?
While I am grateful for the opportunity to work as an LPN while finishing out the program for my RN, I am concerned by the rate of attrition, as are the rest of my classmates.
The time constraints are enormous. As you all know, there is a tremendous amount of time required outside of the classroom for reading textbooks, care plans
, studying, computer-assisted lab assignments, etc., and we are simply unable to make a 16 week time frame course fit into a 10 week slot. Like trying to put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube.
Any feedback is appreciated.