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Is there such a thing as night nursing school? Where you can do clinicals at night? Lab at night? Lecture at night? No, I'm not talking about in your home as in online school. I'm having to do a report on professionalism in nursing. one article from 2015 states that there needs to be an improvement on education. My program has 3 days a week at lecture, lab, and clinical during the day. It's a part time program. It would be nice if there was a night time version too for those who work nights at LTC or hospitals.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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In my state (Massachusetts) there are several community colleges that offer evening programs. When you say nights do you mean graveyard times?

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I know of one program in my state that has an "evening" program, but info has it that classes start as early as four in the afternoon. The logistics of operating at night probably do not work out, particularly that of finding clinical sites at night. After all, for the most part, you are not going to find a lot happening at night when patients are supposed to be sleeping. The argument is that watching patients sleep is not very beneficial to students. The school could have lectures and labs at night but in all likelihood would still need to schedule clinical experiences during day/evening hours and they would still be competing with other programs that schedule their students at clinical sites during the day.

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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There are such programs, but most of them are "evening" rather than nights. It is likely too much logistics, resources and HR problems to support a "true" overnight program.

I know several programs where students have overnight clinicals through a whole semester out of lack of daytime preceptors. The arrangement is mostly quietly hated by all involved. Precepying RNs feel that they have their nighttime routine disrupted and that they have limited opportunities to teach as patients are sleeping, there are less admissions, procedures, doctors on floor, etc., they do not have faculty support (who bring the students on and then go home till AM), and students feel like they get less opportunity to learn and their lives are more disrupted as many of them work or have to study at daytime.

P.S. I really wonder what it has to do with professionalism. It is more about market forces and quality of education.

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ICUnurse990 has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Evening, yes. Night (as in overnight), no. Not as much happens at night in many settings, so the clinical experience would be limited. And not a lot of faculty and staff would be interested in teaching classes or clinical overnight.

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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It's hard enough to get senior nurses to orient their own co-workers PROPERLY on the off-shifts.

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