Indiana State University LPN-BSN 2012 - page 3

Hello, I am due to start the LPN-BSN program at Indiana State University in the fall of 2012 and decided to start a thread for fellow students who may be starting around the same time so that we... Read More

  1. Visit  akyoln profile page
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    Hi,

    Can you give me advise about 4 nursing tests. Where did you study? Which textbooks do you recommend? and your strategies, pathway...
    Thanks in advance,
    Good Luck to all of us.
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  3. Visit  akyoln profile page
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    Quote from LadyinScrubs
    Phase 2 is the challenge 4 nursing test. These must also be completed before starting Phase 3 which is your actual ISU online program.

    I am an admitted LPN to BSN student. In the general nursing classes, there are 6 clinicals and 8 didactic classes. I have four more semesters to go till I graduate--2012 Spring, Summer, Fall and then Spring 2013 semester--grad in May..
    Hi,

    Can you give me advise about 4 nursing tests. Where did you study? Which textbooks do you recommend? and your strategies, pathway...
    Thanks in advance,
    Good Luck to all of us.
  4. Visit  LadyinScrubs profile page
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    Quote from akyoln
    hi,

    i'm looking for isu bsn student from mn. i'm going to take teas exam soon. all my prereq. are done. i need to take their tests and apply.
    also, i have question for anyone who passed exams. which books should i study. i want to try first without college network modules.
    please advise me,...
    i am a senior in the program and half way through. you can use any rn books and comprehensnive rn nclex book for the subject. i found lippincott's straight a's in mental health or med surg (as well other straight a's that reflect the sutject of the tests).

    isu must provide you with a study guide and objectives with which to study from. i found the objectives reflect the final exam study guide for a previous year's class. in the study guide/objective(s) they will also suggest nursing booki(s) for the exam.

    normally, they provide it after you pay for the test. when you decide to pay for the test, you must contact the nursing dept for the authorization. it is at that time they will send you with a letter describing guidelines on what is considered a proper proctor, and every thing else involved in the challenge testing.

    when taking challenge exams with most other colleges/universities, they will provide study guide/objectives to study from before you register for the exam. you may try contacting the isu nursing department to get the guide/objectives before you pay for the test(s).

    btw you can buy the most expensive, up to date rn books on the subject, the lippincott study guides, and a great comprehensive rn nclex study guide for all the tests and still pay less than what it would cost you for one study guide at tcn. tcn study guides are no magic bullet.
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  5. Visit  LadyinScrubs profile page
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    Quote from akyoln
    Hi,

    Can you give me advise about 4 nursing tests. Where did you study? Which textbooks do you recommend? and your strategies, pathway...
    Thanks in advance,
    Good Luck to all of us.
    I posted info about study guide/objectives that ISU will provide to those students wishing to take the 4 challenge exams -- see my answer posted above.

    Where did I study--at my home. Get a comfortable spot that you can call your own. I have studied in a easy chair, a recliner, and at a desk. A desk with space for a light, my computer (so I can make notes), place for the book, as well as a place to put a cup of my favorite beverage really helped. I noted I did much better at the desk--which actually was the dining room table (much bigger).

    A good RN NCLEX book will discuss studying for the exam. That information is listed at the front of the book. Read it. It helps. Writing NCLEX exam questions are an art and there are specific rules that, if you know them, will help you when you do not know an answer and are struggling.

    The challenge exams cover the information that the final exams cover for the normal class. You need to cover the information as well as understand the concepts.
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  6. Visit  Temeika profile page
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    I have 3 more challenge exams to take, I'm aiming for Fall 2012 as well. I'm hoping to pass all with the use of my old LPN books and ATI books. So far so good. My only worry is financial aid which I may not qualify for since Ive maxed out on borrowing from federal loan programs.
  7. Visit  Temeika profile page
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    Hey LadyinScrubs,
    I wanted to ask how many classes are you taking per semester and how long have you been working on phase 3?
    I work fulltime and didnt want it to take too long to finish,so I didnt know if its better to take 1 class at a time as ive read in other threads or are you safe taking maybe 2?

    Thanks!
  8. Visit  Temeika profile page
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    Hey,
    I wanted to ask how many classes are you taking per semester and how long have you been working on phase 3?
    I work fulltime and didnt want it to take too long to finish,so I didnt know if its better to take 1 class at a time as ive read in other threads or are you safe taking maybe 2?

    Thanks!
  9. Visit  LadyinScrubs profile page
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    Quote from Temeika
    I have 3 more challenge exams to take, I'm aiming for Fall 2012 as well. I'm hoping to pass all with the use of my old LPN books and ATI books. So far so good. My only worry is financial aid which I may not qualify for since Ive maxed out on borrowing from federal loan programs.
    Looks like you are on your way. BTW distant learning students do not get any financial aid other than the opportunity to borrow money. You may be offered a fee waiver, but I do not know if that is valid for distant learning students.
  10. Visit  LadyinScrubs profile page
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    Quote from Temeika
    Hey,
    I wanted to ask how many classes are you taking per semester and how long have you been working on phase 3?
    I work fulltime and didnt want it to take too long to finish,so I didnt know if its better to take 1 class at a time as ive read in other threads or are you safe taking maybe 2?

    Thanks!
    Temika, I don't know if I answered your question. The first semester, I took 2 classes--Transition to nursing and the Assessment with a clinical. There was no need to take both classes at the same time and they were a bear together because Transition is also a pharm class. Take the transition class first and the next semester the assessment class. If you take them together, you do not do anything the 2nd semester other than any gen ed classes.

    The 3rd semester is mental health with a clinical. Fourth semester is Med surg II and statistics. Next is community health and following semester is Med surg III with clinical and also leadership. The final semester is the last semester is the capstone class with a didactic class.

    Some students mix up the classes after the 3rd semester. In the end the last classes are the capstone and didactic class before graduation.

    If you work full time, it is up to you how many classes you will take. You will know more about the program by the time you get out of mental health (you do 50 clinical hours). The next semester Med Surg II is intensive and you must do 90 clinical hours. I am lucky because my facility has 12 hr days so I am done with my clinical by midterms.

    It is true it will take you more time at one class a semester--as there are 6 clinicals and 8 didactic classes= 14 total classes without gen ed classes. If you were able to take 3 classes a year (which would include summer--if the class is available), you would graduate in about 4 years (without counting your gen ed classes). That sounds like a lot of yers but then again you are not killing yourself with work and study and you are not failing out because the school work is too much.

    Only you can make the decision what to do. When you take the transition class, you will have a farily good idea what to expect if you take 2 classes a semester--because transition is two classes but they have rolled it into one.
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  11. Visit  errobinson12 profile page
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    HI folks,

    I wanted to thank you all for your posts . It has helped me find my way. I am starting the challenge exams this month and need to finish by June.

    Thanks again
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    [quote=errobinson12;6035701]hi folks, i wanted to thank you all for your posts . it has helped me find my way. i am starting the challenge exams this month and need to finish by june.thanks again[/quote]

    good for you. how are you studying for the exams and what tools are you using? there should be a blog area for each of the challenge exams. blogging about it may reduce the annxiety.

    i am assuming you are aiming for fall 2012 at isu
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  13. Visit  nitalpn profile page
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    Hey LadyinScrubs


    I am hopin to have all 4 exams done by june also, i am using the tcn study guide. Do u think i should be using some extra material? And about the guide for the exams are you talking about the one u can sse wnats you have paid for the exam?
  14. Visit  LadyinScrubs profile page
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    Quote from nitalpn
    I am hopin to have all 4 exams done by june also, i am using the tcn study guide. Do u think i should be using some extra material? And about the guide for the exams are you talking about the one u can sse wnats you have paid for the exam?
    Yes, the TCN study guides are nothing specia and they are no magic bullet. You still need to study and answer the questions correctlyl. In fact,when I bought the study guides and when I took the test, I noted that there were questions that were never covered in the TCN studyguides.

    I don't understand your last sentence. As far as other textbooks--get a good comprehennsive NCLEX RN book. Do the chapters that correspond to the tests and do the questions. Look at the rationales for the questions. I also found Lippincotts Straight A's in _________. It was a good study guide. If you use all three and actually study from them, you should have everything covered.

    ISU will send out a sheet discussing the objectives of the test and what you need to review for each test. They will also send out suggestions of books to buy that correspond to the tests. This is free and they should send it out either before or after you pay for the test.


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