Is the LPN program hard???

  1. Hello!!
    I'm planning to the LPN program and would like to know from other LPN students how intense the program is?? Any advice??

    Thanks!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Hi,
    There was a large amount to learn quickly so I had to stay on top of studying but the material wasn't hard at all. There was quite a bit of politics imo that I wasn't really expecting but figured out how to deal with. All in all it was a great experience and I'm glad I did it but was also really glad when it was over. Best wishes, Jules
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Jules A
    Hi,
    There was a large amount to learn quickly so I had to stay on top of studying but the material wasn't hard at all. There was quite a bit of politics imo that I wasn't really expecting but figured out how to deal with. All in all it was a great experience and I'm glad I did it but was also really glad when it was over. Best wishes, Jules
    That is how I would summarize the experience. Voluminous material and insane politics that I didn't really expect. Time management is the main issue... make sure that you use your time wisely to study, especially material that seems difficult to grasp. And, like Jules, I can say that I was eternally grateful when it was over. Best of luck and post your questions as they come!
  5. by   CheekyStar321
    thanks for the advice!
  6. by   beep1
    Keep your nose to the grindstone; study hard and study more and make school your top priority. I am an old graduate from 1996. Good luck!
  7. by   MsLady06
    I will not tell a lie...the program is hard. The material is overwhelming esp if your not used to being in school. The teachers will even tell you its tough. You will get a few restless nights. Make sure you study early and dont make it wait. Tell your friends to keep it mellow until you make it through.

    **in my tony little voice** YOU CAN DO ITTTT
  8. by   nursesaideBen
    I have 4 months left till graduation, and to be honest it's been a very difficult program. With us we've had at least 1-2 tests every day and at least 3-4 hrs of homework and studying every night. We started with 15 students down to 8 now lol Is it worth it? You bet it is!! The stress is overwhelming at times, clinicals can be frustrating, care plans may seem impossible but you'll get it done and do fine!!
  9. by   MsLady06
    Quote from nursesaideBen
    I have 4 months left till graduation, and to be honest it's been a very difficult program. With us we've had at least 1-2 tests every day and at least 3-4 hrs of homework and studying every night. We started with 15 students down to 8 now lol Is it worth it? You bet it is!! The stress is overwhelming at times, clinicals can be frustrating, care plans may seem impossible but you'll get it done and do fine!!

    wow!!! down to 8??? I just talked to a friend the other day and they were saying how many people dropped the course. I mostly hear they drop out because they have full time jobs and it wont work out. you might have a couple who fail. I hope you keep strong and dont let it get the best of you
  10. by   TheCommuter
    The program was, in my opinion, not academically hard. Rather, it is filled with plenty of busy work, studying, and large amounts of reading. If you manage your time well and stay on top of the reading assignments, you can expect to perform decently in the program.
  11. by   dorieabsLPN
    on our first day of class our instructor said look to your right now look to your left one of these people wont be here at the end of this program. We literally lost half our class by the end. we thought she was kidding nope. It is a hard program but if you put your mind to it you will be fine. I graduated with a 3.96 gpa while being a single mom to a 1 year old.
  12. by   jamangel
    The truth of the matter is that every program is different. My program was a tad bit difficult as I did not come from a medical program AND the head of our program used the sam ebooks that the top RN program in our area used. She wanted us to get the same fundamental info and training as RN's as she could give us so that we were well equipped and hopefully make it a little easier on us when and if we transitioned to a RN program.

    There were 24 seats in fundamentals and 3 were left behind. By the time med-surg 1 was over we had lost 10 more and were down to 11. We lost those people not because of clinicals but because of theory. They were A students in clinicals but that theory stumped them. We were able to graduate at 11. Everyone knew that med surg 1 was make or break.

    We're all taught the same stuff for the most part but your attitude goes a long way even if you happen to go to a school with tough curriculum or difficult instructors. If you know anyone who has done the program where you're going, speak to them and ask them for advice. That's your best bet!
  13. by   CheekyStar321
    thank you guys for the advice!
  14. by   daktan
    Hi there, I am new to this site. I started LPN school in Sept and finally done with my first Level!!! I am not going to lie to you, It is very hard and you do spend ALOT of time studying!! When they told us at the beginning, you don't have a life until you are done, THEY WERE RIGHT! I am doing well, but i work very hard at it, for i have been out of school for 23 yrs. I don't know how the people that work a job on top of this , can do it. I spend all my time at home, studying! It is very rewarding though, I did my first catheter the day before Christmas break and I am still proud of myself! I keep thinking, 8 more mo. to go!!! my instructors are wonderful though and talk you through every procedure. I am glad that i decided to go to school for LPN, just gets frustrating at times... GOOD LUCK WITH THE DECISION YOU WILL MAKE!!!

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