Three o'clock in the morning.
That’s how early IU SON, Bloomington seniors Natalie Anne Slagle and Megan Eble had to get up on in order to car pool from Bloomington to their clinical site at Bedford Hospital and its 5:00 a.m. start time.
“Within the medical field,” says Natalie, “there is never an exact ‘end time’ for a shift. Our clinicals are supposed to last anywhere from 8–12 hours, but can sometimes last as long as 14”, which means that there were times when Natalie’s and Megan’s school day began – and ended – in the dark.
“Clinicals” – in which students work under real world conditions in a hospital setting – offer students the opportunity to gain direct, hands-on patient care experiences under the supervision of a faculty member. IU SON, Bloomington’s program requires students to complete 860 hours of clinical experience, making nursing one of the most time-intensive and demanding majors on the Bloomington campus.