involves a lot of hoop-jumping. Pre-reqs are nothing. Just a series of classes.
LVN school was stressful for me. Not hard. Just...stressful. I worked and attended school.
I think the stress is fine. Prepares you for the job. LOL
Nursing school workloads are obscene...as it is for all majors of health science. Just wait til Med Surg and Pharm. It's just plain ridiculous.
You won't fail if you stay on top of your readings and seek help when you have difficulty. If it helps, take comfort in the knowledge that you're not just learning random things to pass a test. It fits. It applies. It matters. You've gotta know your meds, period. You've gotta understand pathophysiology. When something's wrong with the pt, you've gotta figure out what's wrong with them. Can't help them, otherwise. You've gotta understand what a 'status change' looks like. What's normal and what isn't. What's this new event attributed to: their meds, foods, illness?
So, do you call the doctor...or not?
- Pt spewing projectile vomit after every meal. What do you do? What could be the cause? Fever? GI issues? Bowel obstruction?
- Pt feels 'hot' to the touch? What do you do? What could be the cause? A fever? Are they on new meds?
- Pt with no h/o seizure, has a seizure (<1 minute)? What do you do? What could be the cause? Low blood sugar, perhaps?
You treat ailments and illness everyday. You will use what you will learn in nursing school every day.
Study habits? I used to read the chapters during my breaks. Cut down on the amt of study time that I had to do at home. MNEMONICS did help.
The slowest route (to RN or LVN) is the cheapest. If you want to fast-track? It's going to cost you. I know nothing about the BSN for people with degrees.
- Depend on how much you earn and where you work (hospital, HH, hospice, LTAC, SNF).
Hospitals don't pay pooh for LVNs and you're not allowed to do as much there. In my area, the hospitals pay between 13-16/hr. That alone was enough to make me seek greener pastures. I earn $20/hr and work weekend doubles (16 hr shifts). 'Baylor'. For Texas, this is good. Not much money but when you're a novice - someone with 0-1 years of experience - what kind of pay do you expect? $50/hr? Could I earn more? Yeah. It's easy to pick up OT. I just don't want to work during the week. I've grown lazy. Additionally, 'work' and 'those people' drive me crazy. I run around all shift like a chicken with her neck cut off. Management's always bothering me to come in. Ugh. In the beginning, I was all gung-ho. These days, I seriously need the entire week to recover before I can go near that place again. LOL
- Depends on where you live. COL differs. Pay varies. Houston nurses tend to earn more than San Antonio nurses, for example. Both areas are comparable in affordability to live in.
- Depends on where you work. At hospitals, there's a difference. LVNs at my facility do the same as RNs. They just earn $10-15/hr more for the effort. (damned right I'm hatin'!) LOL However, there are some areas/facilities where LVNs just push pills. Chained to the med cart. Like, at the state hospitals and such? I've heard that corrections is like this, too. Most doctors offices aren't that great to work for, either. Not for a new nurse. You don't learn as much.
I have my LVN because, at my age (32), it's not cute to be a 'Professional Student'. LOL It wasn't my finances. I wasn't running to nursing to save me from anything. I was just...dying in pre-req hell. I just wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to get started and get to work. I went to a vocational school and banged an LVN license in a year.
However, if you have 1.5-4 years to burn in school trying to get an RN degree? Knock yourself out. I wouldn't sweat it. You can get your LVN during RN school, I think. You can get your CNA and MA, too. It's experience. It's also a networking opportunity. When you hit nursing school, start looking for contacts. DO not wait until you're close to graduating to think about where you're going to work.
An LVN designation is a stepping stone but it doesn't have to be. I'm mainly going RN because I want to be paid more, honestly. These days I don't care much about specialties or anything. I did in the beginning but ...11 months as a nurse has soured me on a lot of things. LOL
So, I'm motivated to get my RN. That is all. 'Just' an RN-ADN or diploma. I'll get a BSN if the facility decides to foot the bill or when most facilities decide to pay BSNs more (than ADNs and diplomas) for the cost/time/pressure of getting one. Everyone 'prefers' BSNs but I surely don't see the pay rates going anywhere.
I'm still proud to be a nurse, but...'whatever'. If I could wrap my feelings up in one word, it would just be a long 'sigh'. LOL