Published Apr 12, 2014
The school I'm attending has gradually reduced the amount of in class lecture so that in our final semester, we're doing 2 hours in class and about 20-30 hours of self-study using PowerPoint presentations and reading. I would understand if it were a hybrid class but this is supposed to be the classroom option.
While I appreciate the flexibility of not having to be in class as often, I'm often uncomfortable with how little actual one-on-one time we are receiving with our professors. We scour YouTube, Lippincott and Lexicomp and read, read, read. We're expected to know how to do certain lab skills in our HPS simulation (such as Swan-Ganz calibrating or arterial line blood draws) by simply reading about it. It's not taught in lab. We often joke among ourselves that we are just handing over our tuition and getting a diploma at the end. The rest is up to us. That said, the program has a great NCLEX passage rate. But I do feel that is partly because only a minority of the original class is still able to do the self-teaching and score high enough on tests.
Is this the norm for most schools?
Okami_CCRN, BSN, RN
My program is a 2.5 year ADN program, your first semester is an introductory course to nursing practice. The first year you have lecture for 4 hours and clinical for 12 hours plus a 1 hour of skills lab per week. The second year (final) you have 4.5-5 hours of lecture and 12 hours of clinical with no skills lab per week. If there are skills that need to be taught then an extra hour will be tacked onto the lecture where instructors will bring you down to the skills lab and demonstrate and observe.
Last time I checked my school had a 93% NCLEX pass rate with a graduation rate of 50%.
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