Hey nervous newby!!!
Just calm down!! Just kidding. I can relate to what you are going through. I am an LPN, (graduated in June 98) and I am completing an LPN-to-RN bridge program, in May 99. It was tough, but honey, it was worth every studying-nailbiting-note taking minute. I enjoyed my LPN program, but it was hard. I went 11 months, and my RN program is even shorter (10 months). Nursing school
is tough at times, but I wouldn't trade professions for ANYTHING!! My advice is:
1. Study hard.
2. Take good notes during lecture.
3. Seek out new and exciting experiences in clinical...for this will prepare you when you are a LPN.
4. Seek advice from other nurses when you are unsure about school, lecture, clinical, or just need support from someone who's "been there".
5. Always remember you are just as much a part of the healthcare team as the doctors, professional nurses, or other technicians, don't let anyone make you feel as if being a student means inferiority.
6. Ask questions and seek out learning experiences.
7. Take care of yourself, and get plenty of rest.
Welcome to the nursing profession. Congratulations !!