Future LPN Student

  1. I am starting LPN school in January. Can anyone give me any advice on how hard it will be working and going to school? How hard the course will be in general and how much study time is required? I hope The time goes by fast, I am excited about this journey to become a nurse. I plan on bridging to RN in the near future. Also can LPNs work in hospital? Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from BrightSmileNurse
    I am starting LPN school in January. Can anyone give me any advice on how hard it will be working and going to school? How hard the course will be in general and how much study time is required? I hope The time goes by fast, I am excited about this journey to become a nurse. I plan on bridging to RN in the near future. Also can LPNs work in hospital? Thanks in advance.
    How "hard" anything is depends on the individual attempting it. LPNs can work in hospitals, but in some markets they're rarely utilized that way.
    ***You're not a nurse yet and should refrain from calling yourself one until you are.
    Best of luck in school.
  4. by   BrightSmileNurse
    Thanks for the advice. My username is "BrightSmileNurse" because I like the name and I figured it would not hurt to start looking at myself as a nurse and getting in that mindset already. I work as a CNA at the moment so I do have some connection to the medical field. I see your point, but I don't walk around telling people I am nurse, It's just my username.
  5. by   nanillest
    I gave up my CNA position to focus solely on my program. Some of my classmates work 16 hr shifts on the weekends and our off days. My LVN program is very rigorous I couldn't imagine working, but hey it's different for other people. I'm in my second semester. Good Luck.
  6. by   murse92017
    I worked. I couldn't afford not to. With that being said, it was very hard. My advice is to read whenever you have a chance. Read ahead once you get your syllabus, read the day/night before, read over what you went over in class. That will be your saving grace. Even though i was tired, knowing a little bit about the material kept me from falling asleep in class, because I was listening to see if I understood correctly. Reading also helped with test, sometimes you'd get all this supplementary info and would only habe questions based out the book. Toward the end I ended up being laid off due to my store's managerial restructure, which helped with the 40hr clinical at the end of the program and was a motivating factor behind finishing in the top 5 and passing NCLEX the first time.
  7. by   ironman53
    As an LVN here in CA, LA area, I can say that it was the toughest thing I've ever gone through. It took me a little over 24 months of schooling plus an extra time for boards, and licensure waiting. I was working FT as a CNA too. Study time depends on you, and it's relative, meaning what works for you may or may not work for others.

    On school days, school was 8A-2p, I'd get home by 3P, relax, unwind, and eat, and start studying by 5p. I'd study until bedtime, usually 9P or 10P, with a couple half-hour breaks to digest what i was reading. If it was a long lecture or a tough one, I'd probably study until I feel asleep. LOL no joke i woke up one morning with my face planted on my textbook. READ, READ, READ is my advice. LVN school was tough, and my life really revolved around work and school with little time to mess around.

    LVNs at least here in CA are phased out of acute-care settings, with exception of small-community based hospitals still utilizing LVNs. Most hospitals are leaning toward the coveted "Magnet Status", and even RNs without BSNs are being forced to go back to school.


    One step at a time.you'll get there. Best of luck in your nursing career.
  8. by   Breanna30
    What school are you gonna go to
  9. by   soberkro
    A CNA is a nurse. CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT. Nothing wrong with your username. Good luck with your classes to become an LPN, I am also a future nurse here.

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