From what I heard, we're not starting clinicals until 5 weeks into the program. The first 5 weeks we learn how to DO the stuff we'll be doing in clinicals, then we do 1 8-hour day per week at an extended care facility (not LTC, more of a stepdown facility) for the rest of the semester. I don't think we are assigned one particular patient, I think we act as nurses aides and care for whoever needs it at the time. Peri care, assistance with dressing and showers, blood pressure checks, that sort of thing.
I've been trained and worked as a Medical Assistant but never as a CNA. I figure I have a good handle on the skills and clinicals will be a breeze, at least this first semester. I can't wait til we get to do MedSurg and OB.
My good friend in another program flunked out of her first semester
but for their clinicals they were each assigned one patient. The reason she flunked out was that she had a report due on her one patient, at the end of the semester. It sounded, honestly, like a very in-depth report. She waited til the night before it was due to put all her information together and write the report - and that lack of effort showed. She ended up flunking out by less than 1%. She's going to try again next fall.
Personally, I can't WAIT. I have a calendar hanging above my computer that I check at least fortyeleven times a day. Right now it says I have 17 days til class starts!
Oh yeah, Orientation was cool. We were introduced to the NSNA, each other, the instructors, the facility (we had a tour). We were told about the uniforms and books we'll be needing, given booklets on school and nursing program policies, and had a Q&A session with a current student.
Best of luck to you.