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Is it normal to have only Long Term Care clinicals throughout nursing school?

Clinicals only in Long Term Care

  1. 1. Is it normal to have only Long Term Care clinicals throughout nursing school?

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      Usually e have both LTC and hospital
    • 3
      We only have hospital placements
    • 1
      We only have LTC placements

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I know these are strange times, but my school has a small group of students that will never have had a hospital clinical placement. We graduate at the end of the Summer, so this is our last chance to see a hospital as a student. I guess I thought that all of us would get at least one clinical placement in a hospital. Most students in my cohort will have had 2 terms with hospital clinical placements, it is just a few who will not get them at all. So, they chose to have specific people not go into the hospital.

So my question is, is that unusual for people to only have long term care clinicals in nursing school?

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

How can you have Maternity and Pediatric clinicals if you only have LTC clinicals?

5 minutes ago, NICU Guy said:

How can you have Maternity and Pediatric clinicals if you only have LTC clinicals?

you can't. 😞

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I would check with your state BON. There should be a set of minimum clinical hours for adult/ maternity/ pediatrics/mental health in order for your school to be an approved nursing school in your state.

ValerieFutureFNP, BSN, RN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in RN-BSN.

Apparently its hard to place students at hospitals due to covid-19 and competing schools. I graduated with BSN-RN in August 2019. Some of out L&D hours where attained through attending Prenatal classes at Kaiser. For pediatric hours, my class spent a week camping with type 1 diabetic kids. 🙂

Ginja85, LPN

Specializes in LPN.

That is unfortunate; I would present alternative options to your school. If the facility is concerned about students bringing in COVID-19, have your class donate blood for the free antibody test.

Peds; PPEC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care), Peds LTAC

OB; Shadow a Midwife (not always a nurse), Rotation in a free-standing birthing center

Mental Health; county clinics, county jails

On 6/9/2020 at 9:49 PM, NICU Guy said:

I would check with your state BON. There should be a set of minimum clinical hours for adult/ maternity/ pediatrics/mental health in order for your school to be an approved nursing school in your state.

Our Dean is on the state board of nursing, so it is all approved. It is because of Covid19 and hospitals not allowing students in (or they weren't) - so we are getting lots of sim time or LTC placements.

As for maternity and peds - we've done maternity/childbirth as sim and peds by helping with the regional Head Start in the preschools - help chart growth and put on dental sealant.

OK, new development - they have changed it so we all get acute care placements for 90-100 hours this term and the remaining hrs will be sim lab, projects, and case studies.

So, yeah! Acute care before graduation!

1 hour ago, Golden_RN said:

Is this an LVN or an RN program?

RN - associates program. We were just notified that they moved people around so that we could all get an acute care placement - so I'm feeling much better!

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