How to Survive (and Thrive) in Nursing School - page 6

as a new(ish) nurse, i still like to browse through the "student nurse" section of allnurses.com from time to time. what constantly strikes me is that i see the same questions and concerns over and... Read More

  1. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    enlighten article for those who are considering nursing or students in the nursing program. needless to say, this should be posted in the student forum as well...just saying...aloha~
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  3. Visit  Natona profile page
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    i am a stay-at-home mom considering a nursing aas & would like to, as you suggest, try a job in the healthcare field prior to enrolling in classes..however, all the entry level jobs i am finding in my area require both bls and cna certification prior to applying. one for patient care technician even states "must have previous patient care experience in a hospital or nursing home, or have completed a minimum of 1 clinical rotation through a cna/ nursing program."
    there are cna/bls courses offered online but are these actually accepted by employers? "education connection" offers a cna course..that's the online school with those cute tv commercials..you know the one with the catchy music? (get connected..for free.. with education-connect-tion!).
    anyways, any info would be appreciated. i'm sort of on the fence still re: nursing career.
    i'm not sure i have what it takes for all the science classes. it sounds pretty taxing. i have a ba already but it was in an unrelated field. plus i'm 44 years old already.
    Last edit by Natona on Aug 8, '12
  4. Visit  86toronado profile page
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    I know plenty of nurses who completed nursing school in their forties (my husband included). Don't let your age be a stumbling block.
    As far as BLS, I took the course for about $50 at a local community college, but as long as you have the card in your hand that says your are a BLS provider, no one will be any the wiser about where you obtained your training! CNA I am not that familiar with. Here in NY where I live many of the nursing homes provide the training for free in the hopes that you will work for them after. But if that is not the case where you live, there are many positions in the healthcare field, such as patient transporter, unit clerk, etc that will allow you to get a feel for patient care without requiring a certification.
  5. Visit  justusnuts profile page
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    Thanks for the article! Definitely some great tips here for those of us new to the field and have not been in college for a while.
  6. Visit  mrsnurse2014 profile page
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    When it comes to NCLEX review books, does it matter how old they are? I want to buy one but I'm not sure if it matters how old the publication is. I am completing the LPN program so I'm assuming that I will need a PN NCLEX review book. Prior to being accepted into my school's LPN program, I started taking the pre-req's needed for their RN program. After graduation, I will only have 6 classes left before I can apply to my school's the LPN-RN bridge program. Do you have any additional recommendations for me considering this route? Thank you so much for your insight, I printed your entire post, and I plan on utilizing all of the points you have listed!
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  7. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    Quote from mrsnurse2014
    When it comes to NCLEX review books, does it matter how old they are? I want to buy one but I'm not sure if it matters how old the publication is. I am completing the LPN program so I'm assuming that I will need a PN NCLEX review book. Prior to being accepted into my school's LPN program, I started taking the pre-req's needed for their RN program. After graduation, I will only have 6 classes left before I can apply to my school's the LPN-RN bridge program. Do you have any additional recommendations for me considering this route? Thank you so much for your insight, I printed your entire post, and I plan on utilizing all of the points you have listed!
    As the NCLEX is updated every few years the edition DOES matter. NCLEX PN was last updated in April 2011 and due to update 2015. NCLEX RN updated in April 2013.
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