Quote from Ruby Vee
Find out how much clinical time you get in each of the schools. The more clinical time, the more comfortable you're going to be coming out of school. t.
I have to disagree with that, Ruby. The quality of those clinical is also important. Where I live, there are some programs whose students have a reasonable number of hours of clinical -- but the quality of the instruction (and the amount those students are allowed to actually do in clinical) is pathetic. You can't just look at the number of hours of clinical -- but you have to look at the quality.
For me ... choosing a school should be about determining the quality (with an eye also on cost). Look at the number of students who flunk out of the program and the NCLEX pass rate. Also, look at the amount of clinical hours.
But also look at where those hours of clinical are done. Are they done at the leading facilities in the region? If not, why not? Do those leading hospitals not accept those students?
Also ... if you can find out ... where do most of the new graduates find jobs? Are they the types of jobs you want? If not, why not? Will the leading hospitals rarely hire those graduates often -- or just ocassionally?