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hey everyone! i am writing to see what some of you think regarding LPN schools and the level/quality of education?... and... if it gets better?! I have been an LPN for two and 1/2 years....... Read More

  1. Visit  lorenwithano profile page
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    Quote from glutton4punishment
    My LVN was way harder than my RN......for many reasons. Went to school 5 days a week, clinicals were 1 day a week for 12 hours. Best thing I ever did. Got out knowing how to do the small things that are now so annoyingly time consuming, yet so very important.

    Good luckaroo!

    that is so true... i do think of that as a positive, at least i did the LPN program and warmed myself up to the field. plus, now i will understand certain tasks vs. someone who went right into an RN program with NO experience (not that there is anything wrong with that! some people jump right in and are great at it!).

    nursing is just a very stressful career and the path to get there is even more stressful!
  2. Visit  demylenated profile page
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    Quote from Hospice Nurse LPN
    I'm sorry you feel cheated w/ your LPN education. Like the others have said, learning doesn't stop when you pass your boards....it continues for a lifetime. I feel my LPN education was excellent. It was a 3 year program @ a CC w/ the first 2 semesters being general ed and the last 4 semesters nursing classes and clinicals. It was actually designed to be the first 1/2 of a BSN program, but after working as an LPN over the summer, I got used to the paychecks and didn't want to be a poor student anymore. Finally, I'm in an LPN/BSN bridge program. Good luck to you in your career.
    WOW!!! With all that why in the WORLD didn't they give you an ADN?? Mine was a 1 year (11.5 months actually - it was a private vocational school)) program with everything in the school. Now, non of my credits transferred (so going LPN to RN I had to do ALLLLL my pre-reqs). But, 3 years!! And BSN is only 4 years!!! That is weird. One nurse I just trained to take over my position when I returned to school said she attained her associate degree but was "only" an LPN. I guess they are changing a lot of things, which is a VERY GOOD THING... Although, I felt quite ready and comfortable to be on the floor when I graduated (but our classes were M-F 8 am to 5 pm! for 11.5 months straight - I know the CC I go to now is 4 days a week, out by noon except clinical days, and out for the summer).

    Good luck with your LPN to BSN! Are you doing it online through ISU? I was going to do that, started my pre-reqs... but I wanted to get my RN so I had it in case I had to stop for some reason. I plan on going to our Universities RN to BSN program which is 3 semesters and all online!
  3. Visit  demylenated profile page
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    Quote from NurseLoveJoy88
    Our LPN program is the first year of RN school at the CC I attend. So actually LPN school and my working experience makes RN school alot easier, and vice versa RN school helps me to perform better at work.
    I think the issue is more with you than the school or level of education. It will take time for you to develop your skills and confidence whether you are a LPN or RN.

    They just instituted this at our CC. I am the last transition class before the new criteria take place. It starts this upcoming semester. I think that is a fantastic idea, that way if you stay in this school and/or return for your RN, you have definitely finished the WHOLE program.

    That is the one thing I am worried about. Where they start with level 3 and 4 nursing, what if there is something "they" teach that my school didn't, and I just lost out...

    For instance, the only thing I can complain about with my LPN education is Maternal/Child. I *LITERALLY* did NOT open my book that semester. She would come in and teach the test... literally... I didn't mind at the time because I was going through infertility treatments, so it was a difficult time for me to learn it. ANYHOW... we had ONE DAY in the transition program dedicated to maternal child... ONE DAY we covered 20 chapters... it was all the abnormalities... I feel like I know nothing. I was told we get no maternal/child in level 3/4 because it was all covered in levels 1/2. So, I got a book and will be reading the entire thing on my own; it will be just my luck my NCLEX is nothing but maternal child!
  4. Visit  ShannonRN2010 profile page
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    My LPN education was amazing! It was hard and it challenged me. I was more than prepared for the workforce and eventually RN school. In fact, if it hadn't have been for the level of education that I got from my LPN school, I would have been lost in RN school.
    The school I went to is known in this area as the best LPN school around and that they produce high quality nurses...which is why I went there.
  5. Visit  Hospice Nurse LPN profile page
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    Quote from demylenated
    WOW!!! With all that why in the WORLD didn't they give you an ADN?? Mine was a 1 year (11.5 months actually - it was a private vocational school)) program with everything in the school. Now, non of my credits transferred (so going LPN to RN I had to do ALLLLL my pre-reqs). But, 3 years!! And BSN is only 4 years!!! That is weird. One nurse I just trained to take over my position when I returned to school said she attained her associate degree but was "only" an LPN. I guess they are changing a lot of things, which is a VERY GOOD THING... Although, I felt quite ready and comfortable to be on the floor when I graduated (but our classes were M-F 8 am to 5 pm! for 11.5 months straight - I know the CC I go to now is 4 days a week, out by noon except clinical days, and out for the summer).

    Good luck with your LPN to BSN! Are you doing it online through ISU? I was going to do that, started my pre-reqs... but I wanted to get my RN so I had it in case I had to stop for some reason. I plan on going to our Universities RN to BSN program which is 3 semesters and all online!

    LOL! My advisor told me I'd actually completed an ADN program. I went to nursing school in North Dakota in the 90's and the entry level for an RN was BSN. All LPN's were required to have an least ADN. My diploma actually states: ADN-PN". I'm attending a brick and mortar campus as my BON doesn't recognize a degreee from ISU. Good luck to you, as well.
  6. Visit  demylenated profile page
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    Quote from Hospice Nurse LPN
    LOL! My advisor told me I'd actually completed an ADN program. I went to nursing school in North Dakota in the 90's and the entry level for an RN was BSN. All LPN's were required to have an least ADN. My diploma actually states: ADN-PN". I'm attending a brick and mortar campus as my BON doesn't recognize a degreee from ISU. Good luck to you, as well.
    Wow... I have never heard of an ADN-PN (are they common and I just live under a rock? or did it happen to be a fluke that you ended up with and ADN because of semester hours? or is there a program that is AND-PN?). What is the difference?

    What state are you in. When I looked into ISU, because it was a bonifide university and you had to do (local) clinicals, it (at the time I looked into it) was accepted in every state - EVEN CA (now, that is saying something, LOL).

    I am VERY perplexed with the whole ADN-PN thing. I think I'd be a tad upset and feel robbed somehow.

    Anyhow, best of luck to you!! I am getting my RN (graduate in May) then going for the BSN. Then I am unsure if I wanna go directly to Doctorate, or do Masters....

    And actually, I just spoke to my Vet the other day. I was contemplating, after getting my RN, finishing up with Vet school. In this litigious society... it just scares me - it is getting out of hand... PLUS with all the new healthcare laws, I am wondering if healthcare is going to start being fed employees, then get a base pay (which will suck for sure). Not to mention, I have 5 cats, 5 dogs, a snake, and a bird so becomming a veternarian will surely save me money.
  7. Visit  Hospice Nurse LPN profile page
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    Quote from demylenated
    Wow... I have never heard of an ADN-PN (are they common and I just live under a rock? or did it happen to be a fluke that you ended up with and ADN because of semester hours? or is there a program that is AND-PN?). What is the difference?
    I was living in North Dakota when I went to LPN school in the 90's. At that time, BSN was the entry level for RN's and LPN were required to have AD. It is no longer this way, but had I known that I would be moving just after I took boards, I would have gone to school in a different state. Imagine my shock (and disappointment) when I got my first job and realized I had the same amount of education as the RN's I worked with. All water under the bridge now. Good luck to you, also.
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  8. Visit  salzburg profile page
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    Hi Everybody,
    can somebody to help me?
    Because of my family situation I would need to know how many
    1. theoretical hours
    2. practical hours
    3. individual preparationhours the following educational programs consist: BSc. nursing, Associate degree in Nursing and hospital nursing diplom. It's no important whitch educational program is it, only the USA, and the exact hours. Unfortunatelly the home pages of the programs give information only about the credits, but i need the hours.

    thank you for your help in advance!!!
    Have a nice day :
    salzburg
  9. Visit  yccuj profile page
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    Quote from lorenwithano
    hey everyone!

    i am writing to see what some of you think regarding LPN schools and the level/quality of education?... and... if it gets better?!

    I have been an LPN for two and 1/2 years.... and i still feel very confused at times! i really struggled through LPN school. I so badly wanted to be a nurse, but a combination of lack of self confidence and zero medical experience I really passed by the skin of my teeth. I often feel like these vocational schools are out to make money and will put out as many LPNs as possible, regardless of if they understand a concept, and regardless of the lack of jobs out there for them.

    I work in a pediatric office and love it! I am lucky to work with a doctor who educates me... but its still really discouraging how much I DONT know at this stage of the game vs. how much I SHOULD know.

    I am in school right now working on a final few pre-requisites for an RN program and I am doing better than ever in college. I am hoping that going into an RN program will help me better understand concepts and feel more confident.

    I guess my other question is for an of you LPN to RN students, or current RNs (who were once LPNs)... does going to RN school help you understand?!

    Thank you!
    Hello!!

    I feel just like you.. the college that I went to did not teach much either..they're such money makers...I got my degree in LPN in Vancouver BC Canada and I wonder if they care about their students at least once..I truly understand you..

    Cheers!!

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