Thanks. Girl, I'm not going to lie - nursing school
was definitely the most strenuous thing I've ever done. Baptist was really fast-paced for LPN. In the beginning, I tried to work PT while going to school. Didnt last long. You will spend your nights studying! (And I've never had to study for high school or UCA). Looking back, there are 3 things that I will recommend to you:
1. Buy/study your NCLEX book all year. Dont wait until a month before the test to study it.
2. Throughout the year, you will take ERI tests on each subject. For Baptist, these don't count for a grade. BUT don't blow those off. Treat them as if they were real NCLEX tests. Alot of the other students, plus myself, didn't study for the ERIs and blew them off. If we would have, I think it would have made boards go so much easier!
3. While you are in nursing school, you can work for Baptist Hosp as a PCT. These positions are ONLY for nursing students. Basically, this position is somewhere between a CNA and an LPN. Basically, you are a CNA but you can perform any of the skills that you have passed off on during school (ie - foleys, dressings, etc). That way, it will help keep your skills up to par also. While we were in school, most of us only got once chance to perform those certain skills. If you are a PCT, you can do those skills whenever necessary. It will def put you ahead of the game.
Hope this helps! Good luck with school.