clinical hours

  1. For those who are in clinical, I was wondering what your hours are. Our instructor told us that we may not get out until 7:00 pm. Is this typical? She said med-surg alone would be about 24 hours a week. I was just wondering what other programs are like. Thanks!
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  3. by   zacarias
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by snlisa
    [B]For those who are in clinical, I was wondering what your hours are. Our instructor told us that we may not get out until 7:00 pm. Is this typical? She said med-surg alone would be about 24 hours a week.</B> QUOTE]


    24 hours a week for med/surg? Maybe if it's advanced med/surg. Will this be your first med/surg?
    The 7pm thing, well it just depends on when you start and what quarter/semester you are in. For instance in 1st quarter, I was a long-term facility two days a week from 6:45am to 10:45am. Keep in mind that about 1 1/2 hours were in pre and post conference where we discuss our experiences and assignments. This quarter, I go to clinicals twice a week. The first day is from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, this time we have preconference, look at our patient's chart, try to do a head-to-toe assessment. That night, we spend hours trying to get our careplans done. The next day is from 6:45am to 2:15pm but we only do patient care till about noon. The rest is lunch and post conference.
    Next quarter is heavy med/surg. Although I'm doing med/surg already, it's supposed to start next quarter. And then we will have clinical till like 10pm. Hope this helps.

  4. by   TooterIA
    We just finished up our clinicals fro Fundamentals I yesterday, we were in a nursing home from 6:20amto 1:30pm, but it was more like 2pm by the time we got out of there, 2 days a week. The instructors say the clinical hours for Fundamentals II will be pretty much the same, and I am not sure what kind of hours we will have when we get to Med Surg.
    For Mental Health we will be staying overnight M-Th in the facility for 7 weeks. Thats about all I know.
  5. by   delirium
    24 hours a week? Sheesh.
    This is our second semester and we're in the hospital from 8 am until 2 pm, 2 days per week. We have about a 10-15 minute pre-conference, and we leave the floor at 1 pm for our post conference. So that's 12 hours a week, not counting travel time, which is considerable. I travel an hour and a half each way (ok, so I live in the country).
    Next year we go to 8 hour clinical days (I can't wait)
    I really am having a lot of fun at clinical this semester! I can't wait til my OB rotation (that's not til the end of the term).
  6. by   NurseDixie
    I'm in the first year, 2nd semester, we have one clinical day a week from 7:30am to 4:30pm, we spend about an hour all together for pre+post conference and get 1/2 hr. for lunch.
  7. by   BranRN
    24 hrs a week!!!!!!

    Yeah, that's about right. In Med-Surg we started at 5:30 a.m. and stayed until we finished, usually about 5:30 p.m. this was only two days a week. 4wks total.

    This included pre & post conference and if you were lucky a 30 min lunch break.

    As for psych. thank goodness we didn't have to spend the night.
    It was pretty simple and one of the easiest for us. 8-4 two days a week X 3 wks. if would would of had to spend the night, they probably would of had to keep us. lol.
  8. by   Kara
    We have clinicals twice a week from 6:45-12. Then we have post conference or class from 1-3 or 4. In 3 weeks we will start having clinicals from 6:45-3 on one of the days we're at the hospital. I just finished my first week of clinicals today and I am so excited. It's kinda scary and I still don't feel like I know what to do at all, but I can't believe I'm actually here! :-)
  9. by   peaceful2100
    Well, last semester when I was in the hosptial I had clinicals from 700-300 on tue and 700-1200 on wed. So we had about 12 hours a week and this semester. I have clinicals from 630-230 in OB on tue and wed for 3 weeks and clinicals in Peds from 700-300 on tue and wed for 3 weeks. So we have about 15 hours a week for this semester. They was talking about doing clinicals at my school for 12 hours on one day and 3 hours on another day but that did not fly by at all with many of the faculty because most of them have family responsibilities.
  10. by   angelina28
    I feel kind of lucky then again I don't. We have clinical 1 day a week from 8-3 in NH. We have a hour of pre and post conference each so actually we are only on the floor a short time. 9-2 plus we get roughly a 45 minute lunch. When we start in hospital it will be from 7-3 still one day a week. Then the last 2 week's of june we go all week. I feel lucky in the since it's one day a week but yet we don't get a lot of hand's on either with just being there once.. Wouldn't mind 2x's a week. Not sure what next year's look's like. Will find out soon enough.

  11. by   hisblueskies
    It's funny how different each school is when it comes to clinicals. I was concerned about my school because we didn't have long clinicals. Junior year - five hours twice a week, Senior year 6 hours twice a week. It seems so short compared to some of you other students. My advisor says that we will learn everything we need to know in clinicals. Hope she's right.
  12. by   Brown Suga
    Well in my first year first semester of the ADN program we had clincals from 3p-12A twice a week for 8wks. Now in my 2nd semester Peds rotation 7a-4p twice a week for 3wks, OB rotation 0645-1845 once a week for 3wks and Med/Surg 12P-7p twice a week for 8wks. I am in OB write now the hospital I am at does charting by exception, and I am not completely comfortable with this method. Not to mention I didn't know my nurse had not charted in awhile and she end up chart after me and drew an arrow to flip flop the information. Why do nurses wait to the end of the shift to complete their charting? I think it would be easier to chart as you go. Oh well gota be flexible.

  13. by   goinnuts
    I am in my third semester of the program, med-surg-hell. We have patient assignments on tuesdays from 2 till 6:30 or so. And clinicals Wed & Thurs from 5:45 am (ugh) till 2:15. which comes out to about 18 hours a week, but I wish I could have less Family health nursing theory and more clinical time. Good luck!
  14. by   GPatty
    Here's mine...
    Monday 8am-4:30pm clinical time
    Tuesday 8am-4pm clinical time
    Wednesday 8am-12n clinical time, then... 1pm-4pm class time
    Thursday 8am-4pm class time
    Friday 8am-12 class time

    Pretty tiring, but great!