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?!
Jul 8, '11
I am sorry you feel like you weren't taught sufficiently. I went to a private vocational school, but they had a very high expectation. I had so much hammared into my head, that I felt well prepared in the field.
12 years later in the LPN to RN transition program it is INTENSE. I am in class with a lot of girls that graduated in the last 5 years, and they are barely passing (riding the 80 line when 78 is needed to pass). Meanwhile, I have an "A". I still recall things hammered into my head!!
Yes, going back to school WILL help you, it will NEVER hurt you. However... you may want to consider your knowledge right now, because if you feel like you weren't taught sufficiently, you may have a difficult time in the transition program which will hurt your confidence again...
Look into a refresher course... Or get a saunders RN NCLEX book and start reading through it. This will help you prepare for the transition course, which is always extremely intense!
Last edit by demylenated on Jul 8, '11