1. I was reading some of the posts on this BB and I got the impression that American students, or at least the majority of you, do a large block of University work before doing clinicals. Is this correct?

    My course is split into 50% theory and 50% placement. I started my course in Septmeber, and I was after two weeks of being at uni. Is this not the case in America? It does vary from uni to uni, over here. One of my friends was at uni six weeks before she went out on the wards
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  3. by   StudentSandra
    yes whisper, it does vary from school to school & depending on whether or not it is a 2 year or 4 year program. i am in a 2 year program, we started clinicals 6 weeks into the first semester. after doing nursing fundimentals. i think in the 4 year programs they don't start clinicals until the 2nd year. i'm not sure, can someone from a bsn program help us out.
  4. by   zacarias
    Well I go to a community college, and they have in clinicals on the 3rd week of instruction. It's pretty much theory and clinicals side by side the whole way through. I actually like it that way.

  5. by   Mkue
    The BSN programs that I know of in my area, the Clinicals start the Jr. Year, so that would be the 3rd year.

  6. by   Katnip
    I'm in a BSN program (4 years). We start clinicals the second semester of the third year. The first semester is taken up with theory and lab practice on dummies. I start my first clinicals in a few weeks, and I know darn well real people aren't going to be nearly as compliant as those dummies. I get weak knees thinking about it.
  7. by   KITTYLADY
    care plans - i can't wait - only one more semester of them!!!!!! i don't find care plans difficult, simply time consuming and a pain in the a**!! the thing i do like about clinicals is helping patients feel better... the thing i detest about clinicals is the extreme amount of time and effort that is required to prepare for it!! (going the day before to get pt into - doing the cp - and getting up @ 0400 to be there early!) i'm about to graduate a 2yr program and then continue as a university to get a msn - i've been doing clinicals since the first semester! yes, the dummies are more "compliant" than the real pts - but i bet you'll like the real people better! (at least most of them!)
  8. by   peaceful2100
    The Bsn program I am in the whole freshman year and first semester of the sophomore year is spent on undergrad pre-req work like A/P, chemistry, liberal arts, etc...... then the second semester of the sophomore year we start the nursing program with assessment, nursing skills and patho and we do a short clinical and then our junior and senior year we are really into clinicals and doing more nursing work and one graduation requirement for the university per semester in our junior and senior year.
  9. by   Whisper
    Thanks very much for clearing that issue for me. I guess it must be another cross pond difference!


    P.S Since you all said which course you were on: I am on a three year degree course to gain my BScNursing(Bachellor of Science, Nursing)
  10. by   Whisper
    You may get more cross pond questions soon, as I have to read some books by Echo Heron, and If I don't understand some of the Americanism, you'll get the questions! Hope you don't mind too much