Disappointment after 6 months of waiting

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    I recieved a letter from the school today informing me that I was not selected for the LPN program that I wanted to attend. Needless to say I was disappointed, but not surprised since there were 273 applicants for a class with only 30 openings. The letter went on the say that I scored very high on my interview, and they would like for me to consider a 6 month course that they offer to become a Patient care associate, and for me to reapply for the LPN program next year. What exactly is a patient care associate? Is it basically the same as a CNA or MA? Or nowhere close to it? The letter said that the course trains you in phlebotomy, EKG's, unit clerk skills(?), and Nurse Technician certification. To the ones of you who have had training and experience, does this sound like a good step to take? Just want to make sure I don't jump into anything and waste my time when there are better options. Thanks for any advice or info!
    Last edit by nurs2bhopefully on May 25, '02
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    please do yourself a favor and don't take it too personally. i went to school in southwest oh., first lpn, later rn. around here, many things were taken into consideration. when i applied at miami university for their nursing program, they used a point system. your grade average was an important factor, but points were given for other things over which the students have no control. for instance some of the things that earned you points were: being a non-traditional(not just out of highschool) student, being male, having a disability, being a minority, having the lpn.... i could go on. being partially state funded, the more diverse the student populace, the more money they can get. schools want to get x amount of students with government funding...gaurenteed money ya know. so if they can turn you down and get your money anyway, ie: pca training, then they will get more money when they finally accept you in the program. it is really up to you.. pca/ma/na can be good ways to get your feet wet in the field. if you know for sure this is what you want to do, then i would apply at as many schools as poss. good luck and keep trying........lr
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    "The early bird gets the worm". The counselors at the community college, advised me that applicants are awarded positions based their submition dates. SOOOOOOO. When I decided to enter nursing school (December 1999), I submitted my application for the August 2001 part-time generic class. During the time of application and acceptance to the nursing school (June 2001), I was completing my pre-requisites, both the minimum requirements to enter nursing school, as well as, the other General Education courses necessary to complete the ADN program. Even though grades were not mentioned, I maintained a 4.0 average to ensure a seat. After receiving my acceptance letter in June 2001, I went to my family doctor for a required physical exam for my clinicals. To my surprise, I discovered that I had suffered a silent heart attack and had several occluded arteries. At that time I decided to withdraw my application and allow another student an opportunity before the semester started, and continue with my cardiac rehab. As of right now I am not sure where I am going, but the information I learned in preparation for the RN program was not wasted. I have used the information to enhance my rehab, and pursue areas that I may not have otherwise.

    By the way I was curious, "Why are you not pursuing the two-year ADN nursing program with the possbility of attending a bridge program to earn your BSN"? Several of my classmates were LPNs who were working at local hospitals, and they advised their hospitals were considering replacing LPNs with RNs. I don't work in a hospital, so I really don't know what the future will be, but just passing along some info I picked up along the way.

    Good Luck in your endeavors
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    The more I think about it, and the more I read on here, I think I will go ahead and take the PCA class. Like you said, at least it'll get my feet wet. As far as a two year ADN program, I do think that's the best route to take, and have checked into it, but for myself with 3 children, and the one year LPN program being offered SO CLOSE TO HOME, are the most important factors for me right now. I do plan to further my education later, but for now, I don't want to bite off more than I can chew if you know what I mean. Thanks for the advice- I am going to put my app in at another nearby school that begins in January, maybe I can go straight from the PCA class to the LPN class. They told me that the LPN course should be a little easier as much as they taught in the PCA class, I hope they're right and I'm not wasting my time or money!


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