January 2013 Teco LPN program - page 2

Just got accepted to lpn program at Teco in kissimmee beginning January 2013. Curious who else will be in this program?... Read More

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    What to expect in your first week at TECO:

    Be there no later than 7:15am. Wear scrubs (doesn't matter what kind) and closed-toed shoes. CELL PHONE OFF AND AWAY. Not on silent, not on vibrate, but OFF, preferably in your car. Your name will be on a card in front of your assigned seat. On your first day, you will meet the instructor. She will introduce herself, give a brief overview of the program and hand out the syllabus. The senior LPN students will then serve you either a late breakfast or lunch, so don’t bring food with you. The senior LPN students will then give you words of advice one by one, and you will be all be assigned one of them for support or questions. An icebreaker activity to help you get acquainted with your classmates is always included. During the final two hours of the day, there is typically lecture, because your first exam is only a couple days away. She will hand out powerpoints to you, and you may want to bring your “Nursing Fundamentals” book. There will be homework assigned the next night (there is homework every day). You will watch a video about the nurses who worked through hurricane Katrina, and you will cry (don’t worry, we all do).

    Tips: Listen carefully to what she says regarding policies, dates, rules. Write them down as she says them, and DO NOT ask stupid questions (no, you can’t switch seats, no, you cannot bring a laptop or tape-recorder) or ask her to repeat herself more than once. Be respectful, attentive and PROMPT. Early is on time, on time is late, and late is NEVER ACCEPTABLE. If you are late on an exam day, you fail, no exceptions. If you are late due to a traffic accident that is not your fault, no exceptions. It is your job to be there, and be there damn early.

    What you will need on your first day: Fundamentals of nursing textbook, Fundamentals study guide (it contains the homework you will need to complete daily), pen, pencil, HIGHLIGHTER, organizer/binder because there is a LOT of paperwork, sticky tabs or post-its to mark your place in the book as well as the homework guide. What you will need soon: calculator, erasers, large heavy-duty backpack or rolling backpack. Once you get your student ID, bring it EVERY DAY or you will be sent home.

    The second day begins like every day until the end of the program: You come in, leave your homework on the instructor’s desk, sit down, take out your powerpoints (you must print them out every day before class, so prepare to buy a lot of ink cartridges) and quietly wait for the instructor. All of this should be done BEFORE 7:30am. At some point you should receive your ID badge. Immediately put in on, and have it with you EVERY DAY, worn in a HIGHLY VISIBLE AREA ON YOUR CHEST or you may be sent home.

    Exams: They are constant, and during the first two months you will have them almost daily. They start at 7:30am sharp. HAVE YOUR DESK CLEAR OF EVERYTHING except for a few no. 2 pencils (no pencil case, no folders, NOTHING). Everything is done on scantron, and you will be given paper to use for the written portion of the test. DO NOT WRITE ON THE TEST ITSELF. Questions are mostly multiple choice, but there will also be select-alls (in which anywhere between one or all will be correct, and you must choose everything correctly or no credit is given), completions (fill-in-the-blank), and short answers, in which you may be asked to list and/or describe in detail. When you are finished, you hand in your test and are free to wait in the main hallway or computer lab until class resumes. DO NOT ASK WHEN GRADES WILL BE GIVEN. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE CLASSROOM WHILE THE TEST IS IN SESSION. They will be given sometime during the day, sometimes immediately, sometimes before lunch, sometimes after lunch, all depending on when the instructor grades them.

    After class resumes, answers that were missed are gone over in class and thoroughly explained. This will help you understand the rationale behind the correct answers. Don’t panic. Keep calm, you will see some answers you got wrong, but that doesn’t always mean you failed. DO NOT ARGUE YOUR GRADE. DO NOT ASK TO SEE THE TEST OR YOUR SCANTRON IF YOU FAIL.

    Tips: When you receive your test, multiple choice is first, written answers are last. It is VERY easy to miss questions on the last page, so the FIRST THING you should do is flip over to the very last question and WRITE THE FINAL QUESTION NUMBER DOWN ON THE PAPER THEY GIVE YOU. This will prevent you from missing questions. Believe me, this may save your grade down the road. I have seen people miss questions at the end of the test they didn’t notice numerous times.

    Books: Some can be bought used, certain ones can be past editions because they have the same info, but your A&P books come with a passcode that is only active for one year, so you will either need to purchase a new book or purchase a used and then buy additional access on the website.

    Mrs. Braitsch (Mrs. B) is the program director. She will instruct you during the first part of the program, and at periods throughout, primarily when it comes to the nursing portions. Mrs. Bellom is the other instructor, and teaches the science-based portions and pharmacology. Mrs. Braitsch is an old-school military nurse who values respect, maturity and a good work ethic. If you lack of the following, you will need to make adjustments. She expects everyone to act like adults, so any teenage shenanigans will get you in the hot seat. She will be really scary at first, and you may even dislike her, but by the end of the program, you will be SO GRATEFUL because she will make you into one hell of a nurse. Mrs. Bellom is AWESOME, incredibly helpful and you can always go to her for advice. She and Mrs. B are a team, and don't EVER try to talk badly about one to the other, or ever say anything that would imply such a thing. TECO has an awesome reputation, and we have recruiters come before we even graduate. Not everyone will make it (Only 8 of us made it in my class), but the people that do will have no trouble finding a job.

    As far as clinical instructors and sites where you will be training (hospitals, nursing homes, health department), that will come later, in about 6-8 weeks.

    Lol, notice those ALL IN CAPS sections? That means they are hot-button things that you will see someone do and get yelled at for. DON'T BE THAT PERSON! Feel free to email me at nekozuki237@yahoo.com if you have other questions, concerns or just wanna chat about the program (or buy my books, lol).

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    Thank you so very much for all of the time you spent to give me all this important information! I GREATLY appreciate it!!! Now I have a picture perfect idea of what to expect! Congrats to you on passing! Good luck on the job hunt and the licensing exam!
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    Ha! That sums it all up! Neko lol.....
    The evening class is a little more relaxed and we have 3 different teachers currently.
    I have 118 days until graduation and I can't wait. The program is hard but if you want it bad enough you can do it!
    Don't wait until the last minute for repots, essays and projects. Procrastination never helped anyone.
    Stay on top of homework and studying. When you start clinicals stay in close communication with your instructors. Any problem you might have tell them no matter what it is!
    Alot of people at the start of the program struggle with the critical thinking questions, they will make or break you.
    You can do it! We started with 30 students in october 2011. We have taken 4 full timers, lost 2 and now we have 16 students left.
    Holding strong!
    Again good luck and study hard!
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    That was a amazing "what to expect" summary! im going to try to get into the October 13' PT program. I praying i can i need a change in my life i have been out of school for 7 years. so I'm worried about the HESI part of the admissions. Any pointers on the HESI test and the admissions process?
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    I bought the Hesi exam study guide and passed on the first time. If you study ahead of time, you will be fine. The admissions process was easy to me once the testings were completed. Just have to drug test and submit your references and application. Good Luck to you!
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    Hey. I am going for the 2013 part-time program, I work full-time during the day. I have already purchased the Hesi study guide from Amazon, it was only $26 new. I plan on taking the exam at the end of April...I want to make sure I get more than enough studying done.
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    You are a God send. I am applying to this program and I wanted to know what to expect. I plan to do the night/weekend part-time program. I do a relatively easy job where I work on a computer and read daily. So I can do the evenings. I was kind of worried about what to expect and if this program was ideal for me to do prior to fast-tracking to an RN. You have made me feel confident that it will take work but be worth it.
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    If there are any other night students please let me know what to expect about that program. I plan to apply for the night program starting soon here and I'd like to know what is realistic. I usually leave work at 4:30 pm and I know class starts at 5:30. I am 20 minutes away. I want to find out what to bring. What to expect. What it will be like. And if there are scholarships I can apply for.
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    I have to tell you how happy I am today!
    I will be graduating Tuesday night from a 18 month long program!
    My last clinicals are this weekend, one more class Monday night and then the big hoohaaa Tuesday!
    I can't tell you in words how happy and excited I am! There will be 16 of us getting that pin and certificate on that stage!
    Makes all the tears, blood, and sweat worth it!
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    I plan on attending the part-time night/weekend program at TECO. I originally got accepted to the Full time program for August 2012 but due to circumstances, couldn't attend then. Just curious, what to expect? I am a single mom of a three year old, I work a full time job in Orlando but only live about 5 minutes from TECO and 10-15 minutes from each hospital the clinicals are. I've done the whole orientation and everything but just couldn't attend. Any tips?


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