ABout to start LPN program in Vancouver

  1. Hello all! I just found this site this week and I am happy to know I can communicate with other nurses and learn from you all.

    I start school in a private college for an LPN program which is 52 weeks long. I have heard it is pretty intense. Does anyone has tips, feedback, thoughts that can help me be completely prepared for school?

    I have a Marketing degree and I am changing careers now. I have interest in Health Care and have a personality that loves to help others so basically I am hoping Nursing would be challenging, but VERY rewarding

    THank you all for reading this.

    Sandra
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  3. by   Paprikat
    Hi and welcome. I did my nursing 10 years ago and the thing that helped me was taking some courses earlier, like anatomy and physiogy and the dumb English thing that everyone had to take.
    Be positive and enthusiastic. I found that my instructors gave people they thought had a bad attitude and were "know it all's" a hard time to the point of failing them on trivial things and making their life difficult in clinical.
    Pull your weight in group projects and speak up when poeple are not pulling their weight.
    Enjoy making new friends. I have made some life long friends from nursing school.
    You will have times of adversity and want to quit (my relationship broke up in my last year and all I wanted to do was quit)...be strong and persevere, it is worth it and I am so glad I never gave in a quit.
    Good Luck in your school and feel free to email me if you need help! I always enjoy helping students and have been a preceptor many times.
  4. by   Lovin' my job!
    Hey fellow Vancouverite! I just joined also. I did my training in Calgary 4 years ago and had a wonderful experience. Of course it was overwhelming but as the course went along the more confident I became. Just remember - learn what you can to pass the tests and know that you have all the time in the world after to learn it in depth. And you'll learn a million more things once you begin working. I remember learning the about the heart one day and it seemed like a few days later we were onto the next organ. I was like "ummm... weren't were learning about the heart??? I'm not done memorizing it though!!!" After I graduated there was a sense of relief knowing the pressure was off and I could take the time to sit and enjoy learning something because it was interesting, not because I had an exam in 2 days!Once you start working you will leave work everyday having learned at least one thing you didn't know the day before. It's so exciting. I hope it's a wonderful experience for you too
  5. by   Paramedic80
    Hey there,

    I hope you don't mind me asking, I'm thinking of doing my LPN through a private school aswell, do you mind me asking which school (Sprott-Shaw?) and why you decided to go private instead of public?
    I'm also in BC (near Prince George) debating the two sectors.
    Thanks alot, sorry, I'm not helping you with your question! I really apprectiate it!
    L.B.
  6. by   Lovin' my job!
    Quote from Paramedic80
    Hey there,

    I hope you don't mind me asking, I'm thinking of doing my LPN through a private school aswell, do you mind me asking which school (Sprott-Shaw?) and why you decided to go private instead of public?
    I'm also in BC (near Prince George) debating the two sectors.
    Thanks alot, sorry, I'm not helping you with your question! I really apprectiate it!
    L.B.
    I just learned yesterday, about the differences in tuition - I went to a public college and paid ~ $4,000.00 for a 1yr FT course 4yrs ago. I was told that some people are paying up to $20,000!! :uhoh21: Is that true?? I wonder what the differences in learning opportunities would be.
  7. by   xtine
    Quote from vanfullmoon
    Hello all! I just found this site this week and I am happy to know I can communicate with other nurses and learn from you all.

    I start school in a private college for an LPN program which is 52 weeks long. I have heard it is pretty intense. Does anyone has tips, feedback, thoughts that can help me be completely prepared for school?

    I have a Marketing degree and I am changing careers now. I have interest in Health Care and have a personality that loves to help others so basically I am hoping Nursing would be challenging, but VERY rewarding

    THank you all for reading this.

    Sandra
    Hi Sandra...what school do you go to? Good luck to your studies...
  8. by   Paramedic80
    Quote from Lovin' my job!
    I just learned yesterday, about the differences in tuition - I went to a public college and paid ~ $4,000.00 for a 1yr FT course 4yrs ago. I was told that some people are paying up to $20,000!! :uhoh21: Is that true?? I wonder what the differences in learning opportunities would be.
    The only thing that I know for sure is that the private institutions offer 'free lifetime' upgrading for your area of study. I did some research on the statistics of students who pass their liscensing exams and of the 700+/- who wrote in 2004 something like 500 passed yet of the 34 that came from Sprott-Shaw (Private) all 34 passed. So I guess there is some pro's and cons to both. Also, a new bill called BILL 52 was passed (In B.C.) that protects private post-secondary students in the case the business closes, your guarenteed a refund of your tuition. Still, your right, the 1yr does cost $20,000 compared to the $4000 at a public post-secondary school.

    P.S. Please excuse the spelling!:chuckle
  9. by   Fiona59
    A nurse gets free upgrading for life from their employer. The only course I've ever paid for was an immunization course and it was only offered through the College of LPN's. So I wouldn't let the thought of free upgrades lure me.
  10. by   javita
    Hi. I am planning to take LPN, but there are 2 years of waiting list for public college usually. I am thinking about taking it in private school. It's true that it costs like 21k(text, material included). Student loan does not even cover all that. That means I have to get student line credit. The program advisor told me it is worth to invest because once I graduate I can make more than 42k/ year and plus the overtime. Is it true?

    This is a career changing decision for me. I am still indecisive and confused.
  11. by   Paprikat
    Sounds about right...42k...

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