My life as an LPN Student

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    My intentions with this thread is to share MY journey as a LPN student. Even though we are either in NS, graduated or figuring out if this is for them, we can relate to one another but at the end of the day..Our journey is our own. So while MY experience may not be a common one I hope to make another student less nervous or just have an idea of what to expect in the life of an LPN student...

    I will be attending Monmouth County Vocational School on Sept 5, 2012. So obviously our official day has yet to begin. However, we had a two day orientation in July. Although we didn't receive any cookies or pizza (saw this in another thread lol) we received our basics such as our calendar, book list, briefing about the school and what to expect etc etc..We also dove right in and started studying Chapter 1 from our A&P on our first day and we had a quiz on it on our second day of orientation. I passed with an 82. I would have liked to have a better grade but it's not the end of the world, it's passing.

    We received a lot of reading for the remainder of the summer. And we will be welcomed back with 2 tests and 2 quizzes. And a test the following day. I have of course been studying. I want to put 110% into this course. While I would love to enjoy my summer I have been trying to get myself into a routine so that I am not completely out of my element when I start school...Going to bed earlier, waking up a tad earlier..Eating healthier and starting to exercise more.

    This is it for now..I will keep those who are interested posted. I don't know how exciting my posts will be lol but it's also a good way for me to also sit and enjoy school and be able to look back and read this..

    Good luck to all those starting school as well...Here's to a year we will never forget
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    Quote from Curiously_Inspired
    My intentions with this thread is to share MY journey as a LPN student. Even though we are either in NS, graduated or figuring out if this is for them, we can relate to one another but at the end of the day..Our journey is our own. So while MY experience may not be a common one I hope to make another student less nervous or just have an idea of what to expect in the life of an LPN student...

    I will be attending Monmouth County Vocational School on Sept 5, 2012. So obviously our official day has yet to begin. However, we had a two day orientation in July. Although we didn't receive any cookies or pizza (saw this in another thread lol) we received our basics such as our calendar, book list, briefing about the school and what to expect etc etc..We also dove right in and started studying Chapter 1 from our A&P on our first day and we had a quiz on it on our second day of orientation. I passed with an 82. I would have liked to have a better grade but it's not the end of the world, it's passing.

    We received a lot of reading for the remainder of the summer. And we will be welcomed back with 2 tests and 2 quizzes. And a test the following day. I have of course been studying. I want to put 110% into this course. While I would love to enjoy my summer I have been trying to get myself into a routine so that I am not completely out of my element when I start school...Going to bed earlier, waking up a tad earlier..Eating healthier and starting to exercise more.

    This is it for now..I will keep those who are interested posted. I don't know how exciting my posts will be lol but it's also a good way for me to also sit and enjoy school and be able to look back and read this..

    Good luck to all those starting school as well...Here's to a year we will never forget
    This is great! Can't wait to read more! Good luck!
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    I would appreciate that! Congrats and the best of luck on your journey!

    Many return just to say,"Finally, I'm finished"! But, those who haven't traveled the road yet would like to know what the journey was like. As mentioned above, each experience is a bit different but very similar.

    Thanks a bunch!
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    Awesome! I wish I would've kept a journal of mine, but I was attacked by care plans 99% of the time!
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    As my first day nears I am getting a bit more stressed, nervous and excited.Normal emotions I am quite sure. We have to get CPR certified before our first day of class starts, so that's checked off. We are also suppose to have 25 volunteer hours before the end of year (advised to do it over summer instead of scrambling til the end) but I have had no time to do squeeze in hours. Any extra hours I have were and are dedicated to working extra hours to put away some extra cash..

    A few other things to prepare beforehand was of course the physical, titers, and insurance...I have already gotten supplies such as: 3in binder, highlighters of several colors (i will use one color for me and a different color during lecture for teacher)..Pens, loose leaf paper, a voice recorder (that i will only be using to study with and not record lectures as we aren't allowed to record)..Planner to note when things are due etc..Record book so that I can keep track of all my grades...Lunch tote because my poor self will have to bring lunch everyday lol...Index cards because I will be making flashcards like it's my job...I'm sure I have gotten a few other things but that's all I can think of right now..Uniforms and other nursing supplies won't be until a week after we start school..They have a company that comes in and size us for them etc...I wonder how much those are going to be..

    My husband and I have decided that I will just focus on NS and only work one day on the weekend. We will struggle a little but a sacrifice to make sure my head is completely in NS..I am very lucky to have a VERY supportive husband...

    My next post will probably after my first day....I hope those who have already had their first day had a great one!!
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    Quote from Curiously_Inspired
    As my first day nears I am getting a bit more stressed, nervous and excited.Normal emotions I am quite sure. We have to get CPR certified before our first day of class starts, so that's checked off. We are also suppose to have 25 volunteer hours before the end of year (advised to do it over summer instead of scrambling til the end) but I have had no time to do squeeze in hours. Any extra hours I have were and are dedicated to working extra hours to put away some extra cash..

    A few other things to prepare beforehand was of course the physical, titers, and insurance...I have already gotten supplies such as: 3in binder, highlighters of several colors (i will use one color for me and a different color during lecture for teacher)..Pens, loose leaf paper, a voice recorder (that i will only be using to study with and not record lectures as we aren't allowed to record)..Planner to note when things are due etc..Record book so that I can keep track of all my grades...Lunch tote because my poor self will have to bring lunch everyday lol...Index cards because I will be making flashcards like it's my job...I'm sure I have gotten a few other things but that's all I can think of right now..Uniforms and other nursing supplies won't be until a week after we start school..They have a company that comes in and size us for them etc...I wonder how much those are going to be..

    My husband and I have decided that I will just focus on NS and only work one day on the weekend. We will struggle a little but a sacrifice to make sure my head is completely in NS..I am very lucky to have a VERY supportive husband...

    My next post will probably after my first day....I hope those who have already had their first day had a great one!!
    "Curiously_Inspired"] I am feeling the same way stressed about starting school a week from today. I was assigned three chapters in the medical term book and one chapter in the fundamentals book I am almost finished with it all. I am just struggling with the fact that I feel as if I can't remember what i am reading or writing. We also have to complete some volunteer hours to be completed by the end of this semester but I have a cancer walk and autism walk lined up. Far as all the requirements I have completed all (CPR, titers, shots, and blood work). We got fitted for our uniforms in July and I received mines a few weeks ago, I brought my stethoscope from allnurses.com, and received my books from amazon.com so I am ready to go. Just have to get over this anxiety of starting next week. Good luck to you I will keep in touch with you.
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    Sooo excited for my first day yesterday until I got to school and realized it wasn't until today LOL...my instructor got a good chuckle from it..St least I will be known as the very eager student haha...
    Today was our first day and of course it went smoothly. I would hate to think a first day being hell.. Although I am sure there is someone out there that didn't particularly care for their first day ..
    Mine went rather well..We were welcomed back with two quizzes...I did very well on them. We went over briefly about things we talked about on orientation day such as uniforms, clinical, our hours and etc...
    Did more of the medical terms with the audionyms...We have our first test tomorrow. Three chapters in A&P. Took a break from studying to post here and then it's back to the book...
    I created a Facebook page for my class and I so that we could go over homework, lecture and just have a positive mutual place to chat at...
    I hope everyone had an amazing first day!! I will post as often as I can.. I'm sure the crazier it gets the more limited I will be posting here but I will not forget about this thread...
    Have a great second day tomorrow
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    We also had our first skill check off today... Handwashing.
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    That's so funny, I love your enthusiasm and the fact that you showed up a day early. You're going to do well. I'm STILL waiting to start, 9/18!
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    Quote from Curiously_Inspired
    We also had our first skill check off today... Handwashing.
    We had that skill this week too. We've also done bed making, complete bed bath, oral care, feeding assistance and bedpan placement. You should see the dummies we practice on -- creepy as hell. I'm afraid I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

    I just completed my 2nd week, and it's all going pretty well so far! We have a test every Monday (our first one was this week and I got a 97%!), so my weekends are definitely going to be filled with studying as well as getting a start on the reading for the coming week. It's a little overwhelming how much reading we have every night; at least 5-6 hours worth. But I'm keeping up and even doing a little extra credit project this weekend!


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