Drop some knowledge on me - What do you wish you would've known starting LPN school

  1. Are you currently taking LPN classes ? There are a lot of prospective students and future nurses that can benefit from your knowledge 🎓📚✏💉🔬...like me 😂

    What do you wish you wouldve started doing Day 1 ?
    What's your organization hack that keeps you sane ? WHAT DO YOU REGRET NOT DOING SOONER ? What specific subject did you struggle with... How did you get through that ? Do you wish you would've avoided building relationships with other students or do you wish you networked more ? When you wanted to give up, what made you push.
    I want to know it ALL 😂😂😂🙌
    By no means do I expect anyone to answer all of the above questions 😂, but I do want to know...

    What do you wish you would've known starting LPN school ?
    Share your #LPNMagic✨ below ⬇Thanks in advance 😘
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  3. by   Cherokeegirl08
    OP, maybe if you learned proper grammar and how to use periods at the end of sentences, people would be a little more willing to answer your questions.
  4. by   TheNewNightingale🐦
    Lol. Its an online forum ! I didnt know MLA citations were required. This is probably more of an issue of a generational gap. Older um, people generally view any form of communication online as an official correspondence while people of my generation generally tend to take a more colloquial approach. Was it the emoji's ? My great aunt has trouble with them as well. Thanks for the suggestions though, Cherokee Girl .
  5. by   Cherokeegirl08
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    Lol. Its an online forum ! I didnt know MLA citations were required. This is probably more of an issue of a generational gap. Older um, people generally view any form of communication online as an official correspondence while people of my generation generally tend to take a more colloquial approach. Was it the emoji's ? My great aunt has trouble with them as well. Thanks for the suggestions though, Cherokee Girl ������.
    I'm only 27, but if that makes me old, then okay.You have a loooong way to go if you have to attempt to insult someone every time someone makes a suggestion to you.
    Last edit by Cherokeegirl08 on Aug 13 : Reason: ETA
  6. by   Nurse_2b_Kei
    Congrats on passing the hesi and starting this new journey sis. I just passed the hesi as well and I'm hoping to start my lpn program in January. I can't offer any advice on the topic but I do watch a lot of youtube videos from different youtubers vanisha clerge, and christina lpn soon to be just to name a few. I hope that helps.
  7. by   ZCat
    Nurse_2b you will be in the program soon.
  8. by   tmahbee
    Congrats on passing the test ! Im taking mine of Monday. And some ppl are so rude and have nothing else better to do. I didn't realize this was a GRAMMAR 101 forum.
  9. by   lunanarya
    The summer before I started my PN program, I enjoyed myself. I didn't pre-study for school, I didn't try to learn anything new and nursing related, I just spent as much time as I could hanging out with my friends and family. I had a feeling that once school started, things were going to get hectic...and boy did it ever!

    The only other thing that really sticks out is this: when you start your program, you're going to get a ton of books, resources, and computer modules. Just about every single one is going to have sections on how to read/review/answer nursing exam questions. Don't wait to review those! Look them over before your first exam. I'd heard stories that "nursing exam questions are like nothing you'd ever seen!" and those stories were true. I did OK on my first exam, but it was full of panic because I didn't know how to approach the questions. When I did start looking over all my resources, I was kicking myself because the questions and answers on the exams made much more sense. So, use your resources. and don't be a self-kicker (too much)
  10. by   Gottawantit
    Congrats on getting into the program, I love your enthusiasm!

    There are tons of tips on this website but here are my thoughts from my own experience:

    Find out what kind of learner you are. I am visual and auditory so watching a video or listening to a recording of a lecture from Kahn Academy while I'll cleaned house helped reinforce concepts.

    Get and stay organized. You may need to tweak your system as you go.

    Start pharmacology early. My LPN program was an intense 10 month, 40 hour/week program and you'll be hit with a lot of info-fast. Starting with learning the drug classes helped me to get started.

    Stay focused and choose your study buddy wisely. Precious study time can be lost if study sessions become chat sessions, especially if the group is too big. In LPN and now in RN school, I had one study partner that I really clicked with and we've really helped each other grow. It's like having a second brain sometimes.

    Keep your eyes on the prize! Nursing school can be intense but remember why you're doing it. Some people get bogged down with drama and negativity and that can be contagious. Steer clear and take it for what it is.

    I wish you the best, future nurse!
  11. by   imhorsemackerel
    I wish I knew how much waiting I would have to do post-school

    Before I started school, I wish I knew that I would not be seeing my tests once I was done taking them. I remember after the first test, someone asked if we could see what we got wrong. Nope. And apparently administration didn't want us to talk about the test that we just took.

    One of my friends from the program mentioned that the school needs a certain amount of people to pass otherwise they will lose funding. The school also has a good reputation for its graduates to pass the NCLEX the first time around. So if I were told this before I started school, I think it would've been helpful advice.

    I'm not sure how your school will be like, but always remember not to second guess yourself. IF you have to change your answer, you need the proof that D is the answer and A isn't. Be confident in your abilities, but not cocky. Most of all, be open! It will be a great experience
  12. by   Alissann
    Based on my experience, I can tell you that every program is different so listen very carefully to the policies of your program, and listen to your instructors! They will have a method of teaching and grading that you will have to conform to immediately. Study hard and make sure you are dedicated and able to commit fully before you enter, or else there is a lot of time and money wasted! You will probably get to know many of the other students just by spending all day together and it helps to build friendships and support each other, but be careful what you say and do, always.
    Like other posters said, stay organized! Not only is there enormous amounts of information and reading, but procedures and hands on learning. It is all connected.
  13. by   Proverbs16:24
    Great question TheNewNightingale!!!

    what I wish I knew before starting the LVN program:

    1. To be more adaptable to uncertainty
    2. To not sweat the small things
    3. To have better study skills and reading skills related test taking strategies. I highly suggest to visit Barnes and Nobles and read most of the test taking strategy books available for free
    4. To be more resilient to failure and seek help quickly
    5. To not study for passing exams but to learn hwo to be a competent, safe nurse
    6. To be more receptive to all types of constructive criticism
    7. To stay focused on the bigger picture ( Have a Bible or anything that involves character development such as integrity) Character development matters more than your academics development
    8. Purchase Saunders Test Taking Strategies and Saunders NCLEX books before school begins
    Last edit by Proverbs16:24 on Sep 5
  14. by   LilyRN99
    I wish I had know that most jobs require you to work every other weekend and most holidays.

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