Any one in/has been in a 10 month LPN program? few questions

  1. 0 Im thinking about applying to my schools 10 month lpn program; however, I heard it is more difficult than the RN program because of the amount of stress. Can you tell me a little more about it?
    I wanted to apply to the RN program, but I have more of a chance getting into the LPN program, so I just want to learn more about it. Is the information we have to learn very difficult to learn in a short amount of time? and are the tests tricky?
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  4. Visit  pnkgirl25} profile page
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    I am also starting a 10 month LVN program in Jan. We go Monday-Friday from 7am-3pm. I know its going to be hard but I always tend to do better in short term classes then I do in long term classes. I know in college I took all my hard classes....math, A&P, chem, etc during them summer because I found 16 week classes where too drawn out and I would get bored and drop. I found the 6 week class moved so fast that I was scared to fall behind so I always stayed ahead.

    Works for some people I guess.
  5. Visit  CountryMomma} profile page
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    I'm in one now. In fact, took the last final for the semester today.

    It is very fast paced. A few students in my class really struggled with staying on top of the coursework, and the instructors strongly advise you not work during the school year. I'd agree with them. Your waking moments will involve school, school, more school.

    I can't say for your instructors, but mine like to get sneaky and detail orientated on the tests.

    I think that to succeed in a 10 month program, you must be very organized, dedicated, and able to prioritize assignments.

    And maybe be a little bit crazy.
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  6. Visit  I♥Scrubs} profile page
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    Quote from countrygirl1234
    Im thinking about applying to my schools 10 month lpn program; however, I heard it is more difficult than the RN program because of the amount of stress. Can you tell me a little more about it?
    I wanted to apply to the RN program, but I have more of a chance getting into the LPN program, so I just want to learn more about it. Is the information we have to learn very difficult to learn in a short amount of time? and are the tests tricky?
    I am in my fourth month of a ten month program. I wouldn't say the information is "difficult" it is just a new way of thinking, a new frame of mind so to speak. And it is more time consuming than anything. But yes, they throw a LOT of information at you in a short time period. We have four classes this semester, and four tests each week. (One in each class) so we go through a chapter a week. Now that we are in clinical two days a week, we still usually have those 4 tests a week. However, I also still work part-time so I feel like I never have a break. It is possible and of course the tests are tricky, if nursing was easy, everyone would do it. Some people can, and some people can't. But if you want it badly enough you can do it and you should go for it! Good luck! If you have any questions let me know! :]
  7. Visit  MedChica} profile page
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    If there's nothing else, I suppose, do what you must.
    To be in charge of someone's life? I always felt like I was cutting it close with even 12 months. There are 15 mth programs out there, still.

    10 months?
    What you learn in NS is 'reinforced and perfected' on the floor. However - your place of practice really isn't the place to actually 'learn' concepts and whatnot (or for handholding). You're supposed to already know.
    That's why, I suspect, baby nurses (gvns) are given a minimal amt of orientation before they're put on the floor.
    In LTC, because as an LVN that's most def where you're headed for an initial job (unless you've been networking and already have a job lined up elsewhere), you won't rec'v weeks and weeks of training.
    Try 3 days...and even that's a technicality.

    So, here's my question: What are they cutting out of your program (or shortening) to push you guys out into the field that much faster? How much clinical time are you rec'ving? If your classes are shortened, hopefully, they'll take away from classes like 'med term' ...and keep pharm and med surg as is.

    2 mths is no time, usually. However, 2 mths in NS world covers a semester or so of material. NS isn't regular college.
    Of course, you may catch on to the material with no issue. You may be able to keep up with the furious pace of the class. Some can perform at a faster pace. The material isn't difficult. There's just an abundance of it. You drown in it.
    You may do well, though. It's not for me to say what someone is/nt capable of.

    Just a head's up and something to consider.

    Study hard and make sure that you 'get' the material. It shouldn't be a blur. It's not material that you can just 'dump' after each exam.
    You're not gonna be studying/memorizing meds + disease + patho + nurse interventions, etc... just to pass some NCLEX exam and be 'economically stable', you know...

    Good luck.
  8. Visit  pnkgirl25} profile page
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    I dont know if they are "cutting anything out". I know the program that I am in is 10 weeks monday-frida7 7am-3pm. Most of the other programs I looked at that were 12 months were usually mon-thur from 8-3 and the 15 week programs where part-time mon-friday 5pm-10pm.
  9. Visit  countrygirl1234} profile page
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    yayyy! Congratulations!!!

    did anyone fail out of your program?
  10. Visit  countrygirl1234} profile page
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    Quote from CountryMomma
    I'm in one now. In fact, took the last final for the semester today.

    It is very fast paced. A few students in my class really struggled with staying on top of the coursework, and the instructors strongly advise you not work during the school year. I'd agree with them. Your waking moments will involve school, school, more school.

    I can't say for your instructors, but mine like to get sneaky and detail orientated on the tests.

    I think that to succeed in a 10 month program, you must be very organized, dedicated, and able to prioritize assignments.

    And maybe be a little bit crazy.



    yayyyy congratulations!!!!!
    did anyone fail out of your program?
  11. Visit  littlenurse23} profile page
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    I did a ten month LPN program (now I'm an RN) and we started with 48 students but only 21 of us graduated. Now when I went to RN school everyone who started graduated. I think the reason is that there aren't any prereq's for LPN school whereas the RN program requires so much work ahead of time,
  12. Visit  CountryMomma} profile page
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    There have been two that have told me they aren't coming back. Another student is considering transferring to a two-year PN program.

    I don't know if they "failed out" or if they chose not to go on.

    And thank you.
  13. Visit  nekozuki} profile page
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    Just finished a program that was 10 months and 25 days. It's crazy, and there is no way to prepare you. After awhile, the "IT'S GONNA BE FREAKING HARD" comments just run together.

    Don't work. Have lots of support. Be prepared to spend all your free time studying. Tell your friends you'll see them in a year.
  14. Visit  hydrangea30} profile page
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    Quote from pnkgirl25
    I am also starting a 10 month LVN program in Jan. We go Monday-Friday from 7am-3pm. I know its going to be hard but I always tend to do better in short term classes then I do in long term classes. I know in college I took all my hard classes....math, A&P, chem, etc during them summer because I found 16 week classes where too drawn out and I would get bored and drop. I found the 6 week class moved so fast that I was scared to fall behind so I always stayed ahead.

    Works for some people I guess.
    I am planning to take LPN program, but it's 2 years program and not accepting applications now.
  15. Visit  Kikikins} profile page
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    I am in month 4 of a 10 month program. After sticking it out without working for the first phase I am going to seek employment after the holidays because it is just not as hard as I was told. About half of my class is working at least part time, and those that are encountering the subject matter for the first time are understandably having the toughest go of it. The 2011-2012 class in my PN program has a 100% board pass rate. So far no one has quit my program but we have lost a student.

    If you:
    - are diligent with studying on your own
    - are self-aware enough to know when you need to eliminate distractions, delegate responsibilities and see something through to the end
    - have a job that allows some downtime to squeeze in study sessions when there's important exams coming up.

    Then do it!

    Also there's nothing wrong with picking up the books early and getting familiar with the material. With the luxury of time on your side you can read ahead and learn what you will need extra time on, honing your study techniques and getting a jump on phamacology, nursing math, physiology etc.


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