Gateway LPN Fast Track - page 31

Verah interesting........ Looks to me like it's a separate application process. Don't know what the wait list is like for it, but for those of you on the waitlist for the RN program, it might... Read More

  1. by   pinaytoh
    UPDATES: FTPN Fall 2011 (after 1 month???) I can't believe it's only been one month, for a lot has change in my life schedule: work, family, & friends. No more TV at late night. Only go to store to buy groceries. Stay up late and awake early (guess what? YES with my FON or case study). Still searching for a Head-to-toe that make sense THAT mention the CRANIAL NERVES. Still dont know what's the difference about heart sounds....AMAZED with recent investment: STETHOSCOPE!!!!

    Math Quiz: is do or dye!!! but scored 100% at first try...QUIZZES are easy according to some of my classmates: barely passing (but HAPPY that I am!!!). After day 1 of Clinical: Case study due after 3 days ONLY---grade is not as bad as I expected...still need critical thinking improvement...answer all the question!!!!

    WHAT'S COMING:

    3rd day of clinicals this coming saturday...so far I still feel lost and not really sure if I know what am I doing??? Will have med practicum, instructor made it sound like we have to know why and what the medication is for?(which sound like a lot to know at this time)

    STUDYING: Quiz 3, Med Practicum...Dreaming for adequate sleep this week...
    Last edit by pinaytoh on Sep 19, '11 : Reason: add more info..
  2. by   AZMOMO2
    Yes you should know what the med is used for, what you would check before giving the med and any common side effects. Meds were pretty basic though. Something like;

    Digoxin check apical pulse before giving shouldn't give if pulse is less than 60, used in treatment of heart failure.

    Guifenisen used to make a cough productive. Thins mucus.

    Coumadin- prevent blot clots or DVTs, side effects increased bleeding. Blood test to monitor for theraputic levels called PT/INR

    Heparin injectable, always give in abd, monitor for increased bleeding check PTT


    Things like that. Hit the critical info and bullet points. It'll help you alot! Good luck!
  3. by   pinaytoh
    survived this week....got checked off with head-to-toe.... I dont even know that I know cranial nerves by heart, and instructor told me that I have a natural talent (whatever that is)???

    that's all for now, for I need to study for tuesday quiz (need a perfect score, always dream of... since I didnt do well in the last one), start with case study due on wed...then presentation on thurs...I also need to work (oh yes, I have a full time job/and a 3 1/2 yrs old)....zzzzz:zzzzz
  4. by   miteacher
    So what was everyone's average going into the final? I'm worried because I bombed the fluids & electrolytes quiz, and my average went from an 84% to an 80%!
  5. by   pinklady8888
    ok, good lord so i am in the lpn gateway fast track. graduating dec 15 =] my hesi pn is dec 6...ok now they want 850 for block 3. i have yet to fully start my studying, i whipped out all my notes, nclex stuff, cna stuff yada yada. but now my mind is in a brain freeze. i still am in peds, finished clinicals...i dont know where to start for my hesi pn. I REALLLY WANNA GET INTO BLOCK 3 SOMEHOW. talked to a advisor the other week at pvcc, she told me theres no wait list u have to sell yourself and get good hesi scores and all. ugh! right now in block 2 im getting a 92.4 lol block 3 i got a 83 i think? lol can someone pls tell me how the hesi pn is and any advice on where to study and all? i only have 2 weeks to do so and im stressing haha. any advice is grand. im sure ill be ok but again i dont want to wait im sure ima have to but I really want a 950 or higher! =]
  6. by   miteacher
    Quote from pinklady8888
    ok, good lord so i am in the lpn gateway fast track. graduating dec 15 =] my hesi pn is dec 6...ok now they want 850 for block 3. i have yet to fully start my studying, i whipped out all my notes, nclex stuff, cna stuff yada yada. but now my mind is in a brain freeze. i still am in peds, finished clinicals...i dont know where to start for my hesi pn. I REALLLY WANNA GET INTO BLOCK 3 SOMEHOW. talked to a advisor the other week at pvcc, she told me theres no wait list u have to sell yourself and get good hesi scores and all. ugh! right now in block 2 im getting a 92.4 lol block 3 i got a 83 i think? lol can someone pls tell me how the hesi pn is and any advice on where to study and all? i only have 2 weeks to do so and im stressing haha. any advice is grand. im sure ill be ok but again i dont want to wait im sure ima have to but I really want a 950 or higher! =]

    So you're finishing up block 2? How does block 2 compare to block 1? Do you have any advice for taking the final exam in block 1? I'm doing okay, average is about an 85% and I work full time. Any tips for block two?
  7. by   Marlene39
    Quote from pinklady8888
    ok, good lord so i am in the lpn gateway fast track. graduating dec 15 =] my hesi pn is dec 6...ok now they want 850 for block 3. i have yet to fully start my studying, i whipped out all my notes, nclex stuff, cna stuff yada yada. but now my mind is in a brain freeze. i still am in peds, finished clinicals...i dont know where to start for my hesi pn. I REALLLY WANNA GET INTO BLOCK 3 SOMEHOW. talked to a advisor the other week at pvcc, she told me theres no wait list u have to sell yourself and get good hesi scores and all. ugh! right now in block 2 im getting a 92.4 lol block 3 i got a 83 i think? lol can someone pls tell me how the hesi pn is and any advice on where to study and all? i only have 2 weeks to do so and im stressing haha. any advice is grand. im sure ill be ok but again i dont want to wait im sure ima have to but I really want a 950 or higher! =]
    You are doing fine, just relax. I was about where you are last May so I know how you feel. The HESI was kind of weird, but it wasn't that hard. The areas I struggled with were areas I didn't have much experience with in clinicals like tube feeding and IM injections. Just do as many NCLEX questions as you can to prepare. I used the Saunders book that came from the book box and also the Prentice Hall and Lippincott books. I just did about 300 questions a day for the two weeks preceeding the test and got a 1122 on the HESI. I don't think my score had anything to do with getting into block 3 however since my HESi score was high and I got an A in Block 2 (all while working fulltime with a basketball team of kids at home). There were NO slots at Gateway for our Spring graduating students so no one got in, we all went elsewhere including the students who barely passed the HESI. I think one person got a slot in the Banner Fellowship program, but that's it. I'm sure those students who didn't get into block 3 somewhere else will fill up the only slots in January at Gateway (if there are any). They told us a lot of falsehoods in the LPN program when it came to how many points you needed on your HESI to be placed in Block 3 at Gateway. Don't believe it - if there are no slots it doesn't matter what your score is and the people still waiting from last semster will be the ones who get in). Do your best and then hope that some college out there somewhere has a space for you. If PV has space, I'm sure they will take you as long as you pass your HESI. I called numerous times, sent emails and did my best to get placed in the colleges of my choice and never got answers from any of them. CGCC called me and I jumped at the offer. About 10 of my fellow LPN students got in there as well. We just got lucky because they had about 19 people fail block 2 there the previous semester which opened up slots for us.

    Don't get wrapped up in your score equaling Block 3 placement. Just try to get a good score so you will get the full 15 points and have a better chance of keeping that A for the semester. An A in nursing school is a huge acheivement and you should be very proud. A B is a huge acheivement... actually passing is a huge acheivement!!
  8. by   pinklady8888
    thank you for the info. i just feel like i lost alot of details already from block 1 and they said cna stuff is on it and yada yada, is it the same type of testing as the normal tests we have?
  9. by   Marlene39
    Quote from pinklady8888
    thank you for the info. i just feel like i lost alot of details already from block 1 and they said cna stuff is on it and yada yada, is it the same type of testing as the normal tests we have?
    I actually don't remember any strictly CNA questions. There may have been one about enemas, but the test changes for every class. The questions were all NCLEX style questions with a few select all that apply and some that were alternative style questions like having to pinpoint on the body where something was. You might look at the alternative questions from the Saunders CD-ROM just to get a feel for how they are. The great thing about studying for the HESI is that if you take the NCLEX right away you won't have to study again for that. I had about 3 weeks in between the two tests and didn't open a book for the NCLEX and passed with the minimum number of questions. Oh, and by studying for the HESI you will know everything for the final as well. The final was a little bit hard, but doable. I didn't study specifically for the final at all, just did NCLEX questions in general. If you did okay on the tests for the semester you will do fine on the final. The teachers are pretty fair in that regard. Peds is my worst subject by far (this semester too) and I still got an A on the final. Oh, study up on HIV. It seemed to show up on every test I took that last week and on the NCLEX.

    Good luck!!
  10. by   miteacher
    How many questions did most people miss on the final? The final will be 75 questions, and I'm nervous. There is so much information to review, and I'm not sure how to cover all of the information. I can miss 45 points, and we have 120 points left in the class.
  11. by   Marlene39
    Quote from miteacher
    How many questions did most people miss on the final? The final will be 75 questions, and I'm nervous. There is so much information to review, and I'm not sure how to cover all of the information. I can miss 45 points, and we have 120 points left in the class.
    I think you are pretty safe with a 45 point safety zone. A lot of people went into the final with only 2 or 3 points they could miss. Some passed, some didn't. It was very much like all the tests you have the whole semester. I think you are home free, just study like you've already done and you will do fine.

    Good luck!
  12. by   pinklady8888
    anyone recently taken the hesi pn exit and have any advice? im just doing bunch of nclex questions and my test is on tuesday and i need a 850 for bridging...how many questions are there and what is a "850" is that like a B? or?
  13. by   pinklady8888
    just took the hesi exit...got a 774 1st try...let me tell you it is NOTHING like the nclex. I did over 1000 nclex questions a DAY and breezed through them...and i was beyond nervous going into the test and Its completely different than nclex. its more critical thinking and i kept second guessing the right answer..if i didnt over analyze i would of prob got well over 900.. sucks =/. now i have my peds test tom, final on tues and grad thurs. god. doess anyone know how long the wait is to retake the hesi in gateway?

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