My name is Sharly and I have just recently enrolled the Spring class of LPN's for 2007. I was wondering if there is anyone else that works for Baptist Health or is currently enrolled in the school who could tell me a little bit about it?
It seems like a good school and everyone there seems nice ; However there have been different people telling me it is one of the toughest schools. I've been told that they are strict. I've been told that UAMS is better. I've also been told that I won't get paid as much if I go to school at Baptist instead of UALR or UAMS. My mother said some girl told her that she heard that Baptist isn't as good because you get a diploma and not a degree. I told my mother that I thought the girl sort of didn't understand how it works. If I'm not mistaken the whole degree thing does not matter in my case because I'm going to be an LPN. LPN's don't get degrees. Am I correct? Also , if I'm not mistaken, wether you get a diploma at Baptist for 2 yrs, or an associate's at UALR , you're still an RN.
Anyway , I'd be really grateful if there is someone here that could tell me a little bit about Baptist. I'm really nervous but excited at the same time.
Dec 26, '06
Yes, you're still an RN. Depending on what you want to do, a BSN or MSN will be needed to advance. If you just want to be a nurse like me, the diploma is enough.
Dec 26, '06
Thanks for your help. Also is there anyone that knows whether Baptist or UAMS is the best school? Or are they pretty much the same?
Jan 1, '07
I think nursing school in itself is hard. It doesn't matter where you go. At least you are getting your foot in the door. Be proud of that. When you are out in the real world of nursing, no one will know where you went to school. An LPN is an LPN. The good thing about Baptist is that you will be well prepared for floor nursing. You will put in a lot of clinical hours and you get a lot of hands on training. Good Luck and don't give up. It will go by fast.
Jan 1, '07
Jan 3, '07
I went to Baptist school Jun'06 and work there now. Yes they are strict, but I really enjoyed it. A lpn is an lpn no matter where you choose to go to school.Doesn't matter where you went to school. At the end everyone still takes the NCLEX. Yes it's true, you will get LOTS of floor experience going there. Just mind your P's and Q's and you will do fine there.