Clinical Hours

  1. I just started my junior year of a BSN program! I am wanting to know how many days per week, and how many hours other students will be spending in clinicals. I don't want to know lab hours, but specifically how much time you will be spending in clinicals each week.

    At my school, you either go on Thursdays or Fridays from 6:30am to 2:00pm. This is only 7 /1/2 hours, minus lunch, making it 7 hours. I have a friend in one of the more prestigious programs in our state, and she spends about 20 hours per week in clinicals. I am afraid that I will not have enough time in clinicals (compared to my friend) to learn everything.
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  3. by   jenrninmi
    Hi there,

    In my BSN program we spend ~16 hours a week in clinicals. Is this your first semester with clinicals? If it is, maybe the hours will increase as you move on through the program?
  4. by   NewEnglandRN
    In my ADN program, we go Thursday OR Friday 7:30-4pm... so eight hours. Next year, we go 16 hours/week.
  5. by   LeesieBug
    12 hours a week for 6 semesters...except during the eight week preceptorship senior year, which is about 30 hours a week.


    I read a post on another thread about this topic that I agree with....don't worry as much about the QUANTITY of the clinical hours as the QUALITY, as usually the more hours you have the more you wind up standing around trying to find something to do, anyway.
    Last edit by LeesieBug on Jan 13, '05
  6. by   wonderbee
    ADN program in Florida here. We have four semesters of 12 clinical hours/week divided into two days. The part time/weekend program gets to do all their 12 hours in one day.
  7. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Quote from MommyJoy
    I am wanting to know how many days per week, and how many hours other students will be spending in clinicals.
    ADN program. 16 hours per week (6:45a-3:30p with 1/2h lunch x2 days/week). We have four 15-week semesters.
  8. by   mom2michael
    At our ADN program the 1st semster we have clinicals 1 day (12 hours) a week for 4 days (48 hours). The 2nd - 4th semesters we start clinicals the 2nd week of school and have a min. of 12 hours per week for 14 weeks.
  9. by   klone
    Our first semester has 6 hours of clinicals/week (for about 14 weeks)

    Second semester has 8 hours (x 14ish weeks).

    Third semester has 12 hours (x 14ish weeks).

    Fourth semester is the preceptorship, with 36 hours/week for about 6 weeks.
    Last edit by klone on Jan 13, '05
  10. by   klone
    Quote from LeesieBug
    I read a post on another thread about this topic that I agree with....don't worry as much about the QUANTITY of the clinical hours as the QUALITY, as usually the more hours you have the more you wind up standing around trying to find something to do, anyway.
    Add to that the fact that almost every new nurse I've spoken to has said that the REAL training comes after you're working as an RN, not during your clinicals.
  11. by   wonderbee
    Quote from klone
    Add to that the fact that almost every new nurse I've spoken to has said that the REAL training comes after you're working as an RN, not during your clinicals.
    This is so true. Now in my third semester, I have yet to insert a single foley into a live patient. I can count the number of IM injections I've given on one hand. A huge chunk of my time is standing over a chart, writing care plans or standing around waiting for an interesting or new procedure that some primary nurse on the floor would like to involve the students in. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen often.
  12. by   UTRN2005
    BSN program

    1st semester- 8 hr/wk
    2nd semester- 8hrs mental; 8 hrs med/surg=16 hrs/wk
    3rd semester- 16 hours/wk pedi for first half of semester then 16 hours/wk L&D for second half; 4 hr/wk public all semester= 20 hrs/wk
    4th semester- 8 hrs/wk community health and 8 hrs/wk med/surg/leadership= 16 hrs/wk PLUS last 3 wks are preceptorship at 40 hrs/wk in area of choice (only a few options though)
    I agree though on the quality rather than quantity. I've seen people slack off during clinicals or work they're butts off. Depends on the individual.
  13. by   HappyNurse2005
    1st sem-6hours/week
    2nd, 3rd, 4th semester-12 hours/week
  14. by   SanFranSRNA
    Hi guys. I attend county's school of nursing and currently in 3rd semester. We have clinical from 6:45 to 3:30 two days a week. I've had many opportunity to perfrom Foley, NG, IM injections, IV, Dsg Change, and TONS of PO meds. In third semester we will be doing central line care, suction, blood drawn, starting IV, lab drawn, hang blood products, and hopefully more Foley and NG.

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