1. I am here to vent for the moment. I am currently in an ADN program and it sucks. We are in our second semester and have done nothing yet but give bed baths. Our program is sooooooooooo academic and not application. We read, read, and read some more but never do any of the things we read about. Several of us students have gone through the chain of command at our school to tell them we are not happy and everyone keeps telling us the same thing. "You're just under a lot of stress right now and you just need to breath". BULL!!! Do you want to know how we learned about VS. We were told to read about it in our book and then do it the next day at clinicals with out patients. We looked like fools in front of their families. We have an exam this week in MSB on 15 chapters,each of which is about 90 pages per chapter and we're told that we better have it down by the exam on Thursday. Mind you we covered them in summary within 5 classes and had to learn everything thing else on our own time. I am so angry that I've wasted 5 scholarships with this program. It WAS an excellent program at one time. This past August when we started the old dept chair retired and we got a new one and about 4 other new staff members and no one seems to know what the h%$# they are doing. The end result is that we are not learning anything. Myself along with a majority of my student body have applied as transfer students at another local college and they are willing to accept us into their LPN program right away but we'd have to wait a year to get into their ADN program. I am going to go ahead and do the LPN route and just go back at a later time and get my BSN at the local university. It angers me when we as the students are suppossed to take constructive criticism from the instructors but they don't want to listen to us. OK that felt good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. by   Jennerizer
    Wow.....second semester & all you've done so far are bed baths? Do you have clinicals? I take it your nursing program isn't accredited, is it?
  4. by   renerian
    Wow that does seem slow..........

  5. by   szccdw
    yes it is accredited and yes we are definetly moved slow. We've been doing clinicals since the first week of school back in August.
  6. by   NurseShell
    you've been doing clinicals yet you haven't done anything except bed baths?? That sounds strange.

    I'm in an ADN program and by the end of the first semester we were doing everything (with supervision) except starting IVs. We're talking catheterization, piggybacks, NG tubes, meds, VS...the whole shooting match!

    I wonder if the local board of nursing is aware of you school's "methods"??
  7. by   szccdw
    I didn't even think about contacting them. Will they be able to do anything. I really feel like we've been ripped off both expense and experience wise.
  8. by   NurseShell
    I don't know what, if anything, they could do, but it sure wouldn't hurt to make an anonymous call!! I think you're getting "screwed" and they should know about it.
  9. by   NurseWeasel
    I second that!
  10. by   Disablednurse
    Sounds like someone at the college should be notified, but I don't know who. I started clinicals during the first semester doing vital signs. Good luck.
  11. by   szccdw
    Myself and other student body have spoken to the dept chair, division chair and president of the school and no one seems to want to take this issue serious. It's more like "we've gotten your money so suck it up".
  12. by   kimmicoobug
    Is your program a two year program? That does seem a bit strange that you have learned so little. I am also in an ADN, and while I have my complaints, they are very minor compared to yours. Good luck to you and your classmates in what you guys choose to do.
  13. by   whatnext
    What school are you going to? I'm researching nursing schools and want to stay away from that one. Sorry to hear about your struggles. There has to be someone to contact, but I'm afraid I can't be of much help as far as who to contact.
  14. by   nursbee04
    Don't you take a skills class? Where you practice your skills on a mannequin in a lab setting? We had to pass our skills before we could start clinicals. I'm ADN second semester and we've started IV's, done foleys, NG's, passed meds, done sterile drsg changes, you can pretty much name it.
    You all are STILL giving bed baths? I'd go crazy. There must be something that you can do about this. Isn't it dangerous for this school to let you all go to clinicals w/o evaluating your skills? Do they evaluate your skills at all? I take it they don't from what you said about taking VS.