Quote from Kayjaymack
I am going into the lpn to rn program as well. I work on the administrative side of nursing so I'm a little nervous about this. Do we start clinicals right away or class room refresher first. I haven't drawn up meds in about 12 years, is this something they will teach us again or do they assume that we know it all? Does anyone know of any books I can buy to freshen up with
Each school and their program is different. For my particular program we had to take a State mandated LPN to RN transisitional class online (3 credits) and then a 1 credit course that was done at the school. The online class was more of a class on the move from LPN to RN and the differences. There were no skills refresher, etc. The school program was a 2 week classroom thing we went to Monday-Friday for a few hours per day and it had a 1 week clinical floor component.
Before we could go onto the floor we had to have the skills lab instructor check us off on skills (those skills included all the skills normally learned in the first year of the nursing classes as well as med passes and drawing up meds etc). From there we were allowed to do our clinical time. We would then join the 2nd year nursing classes when they started. Clinicals started the first week of class.
The programs in my area expect you to know and be able to do the skills. They don't reteach them.
I'd suggest watching some youtube videos on the nursing skills you feel you are rusty at. Maybe yu can get into your programs skills lab and practice. My school allows students to use the skills lab whenever it isn't being used by a class. The teacher isn't always there but we could schedule appointments with her to help us with things we might not of felt comfortable at.
12 years away from the bedside might make it a little hard for you to get back into the swing of it. But its like riding a bike, once you learn you never forget.