As you may know from my previous post about obtaining a nursing degree at Rochester, I began the Accelerated Bachelors Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN) at the University of Rochester School of Nursing (SON) back in January.
This program is a three-semester second-degree program for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in something other than nursing. After completing my brain and cognitive sciences degree and minors back in December 2012, I jumped right in to this program. I have still remained connected to the River Campus at UR with my team, my sorority, and other clubs/activities, but I have also moved on to an intensive year-long nursing program. High school seniors interested in pursuing a nursing degree at Rochester would follow a similar path through the Dual-Degree Nursing (DDN) program.
We began our clinical rotations a couple of weeks ago. While I cannot publicly share the ins and outs of my clinical experiences thus far, I can say that I have grown immensely from my time during my first rotation. Throughout the program, students complete long-term care, acute care, obstetrics (OB), pediatrics, psychology, and medical surgery. Students’ acute care site can be just about anywhere at one of the three local hospitals in Rochester in a wide range of fields. This includes Strong Memorial Hospital, which is the University of Rochester’s renowned medical center. For the last six weeks of the program, students complete a “capstone” course during which they are paired with a registered nurse (RN) who works in a field that the student is interested in. The student will then work the schedule of that RN taking on all of his/her patients, with both independence as well as guidance from the RN.
I am grateful for such wonderful, engaging, and encouraging faculty at the SON; I have begun to develop supportive relationships with my fellow students. Being able to obtain a second degree in this way will help me to be a well-rounded nurse in the very near future.