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Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'. CT Pixie is a RN. Posts: 4,305 (41% Liked) Likes: 4,811

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  • Jun 24

    If your ultimate goal is to become an RN then of the 3 you only have 1 choice.

    #2 won't work because all the RT schools around here require a certain GPA and while its shows a low min GPA, its also competitive and that low min GPA won't cut it in order to get into the programs. Most colleges/uni show a lower min GPA as a requirement however, they tend to take from higher GPAs than the minimum.

    #3 won't work because becoming a CNA won't do anything to change your GPA. If your GPA didn't cut it for this time when you applied, becoming a CNA and reapplying at a later date doesn't change the fact that your GPA is too low.

    If you really want to become a nurse you have to get your GPA up. That means going back and redoing classes you did poorly in.

  • Jun 23

    If your ultimate goal is to become an RN then of the 3 you only have 1 choice.

    #2 won't work because all the RT schools around here require a certain GPA and while its shows a low min GPA, its also competitive and that low min GPA won't cut it in order to get into the programs. Most colleges/uni show a lower min GPA as a requirement however, they tend to take from higher GPAs than the minimum.

    #3 won't work because becoming a CNA won't do anything to change your GPA. If your GPA didn't cut it for this time when you applied, becoming a CNA and reapplying at a later date doesn't change the fact that your GPA is too low.

    If you really want to become a nurse you have to get your GPA up. That means going back and redoing classes you did poorly in.

  • Jun 20

    Quote from darobow
    Hi I hear nursing students talk about the NCLEX test quite a bit would anyone care to shed some light on it?
    Is it similar to the NREMT exam? In terms of grading or what...?
    Do you know your results right away?
    Is it the test that you take at the end for your license?
    What does NCLEX stand for?
    I'm just an outsider looking in.
    1. Is it similar to the NREMT exam? In terms of grading or what...?
    I've taken the NREMT and the NCLEX. They are similar in the sense that they are both testing to see your competency. They are both multiple choice. I took the NREMT back in 2001 and back then it was paper and pencil. Not sure how its done now. But the NCLEX is a computer test. If I remember correctly the NREMT was a pass or fail test. The NCLEX is also pass or fail. There is no number or letter grade given.

    2 Do you know your results right away?

    NCLEX does give the option of getting 'quick results'. That is where you are able to access your pass/fail results in 48 hours of taking the test. This is only the case if the State in which you took the exam participates. If not, then you have to wait until the BON posts your license number online or wait for the official results via snail mail.

    3. Is it the test that you take at the end for your license?
    Yes. You take the NCLEX-PN after you complete Practical Nursing schooling and the NCLEX-RN after you complete a registered nursing program.

    4. What does NCLEX stand for?
    NCLEX
    (National Council Licensure Examination)

    Here is the website for official NCLEX information -->NCLEX & Other Exams | NCSBN

  • Jun 18

    If your ultimate goal is to become an RN then of the 3 you only have 1 choice.

    #2 won't work because all the RT schools around here require a certain GPA and while its shows a low min GPA, its also competitive and that low min GPA won't cut it in order to get into the programs. Most colleges/uni show a lower min GPA as a requirement however, they tend to take from higher GPAs than the minimum.

    #3 won't work because becoming a CNA won't do anything to change your GPA. If your GPA didn't cut it for this time when you applied, becoming a CNA and reapplying at a later date doesn't change the fact that your GPA is too low.

    If you really want to become a nurse you have to get your GPA up. That means going back and redoing classes you did poorly in.

  • Jun 18

    I wouldn't suggest it. My LPN program was Monday thru Friday 8 hours per day. No traditional breaks like colleges (Winter, Spring, Summer etc). I was constantly studying for at least 1 test per week but usually it was 2 tests per week. There is no way I could have done my LPN program and added in college classes. Granted I wasn't a 'traditional' student as I was older had 2 children in school and a full time job, but even without all the 'extra' in my life..adding in another class or two I had to study for would have been the end.

    You run the risk of jeapordizing your grades in your LPN program at the very least. And you could also bomb your 'extra' classes you are taking. Not work it in my opinion.

    I took the long (and more expensive route). I did LPN then RN then BSN. I did LPN first because it was much easier to get into the LPN program than it was the RN program. Also, in my area, LPN's have an easier time getting into the RN program b/c we enter in the 2nd year of a 2 year program. By that time many seats open up due to people dropping out of the RN program or failing out.

    During my LPN to RN program I did take classes that would be used for my BSN. But that was only because they were taken during my breaks in my RN program (we had 4/6/8 week classes during the winter and summer breaks.)

  • Jun 17

    If your ultimate goal is to become an RN then of the 3 you only have 1 choice.

    #2 won't work because all the RT schools around here require a certain GPA and while its shows a low min GPA, its also competitive and that low min GPA won't cut it in order to get into the programs. Most colleges/uni show a lower min GPA as a requirement however, they tend to take from higher GPAs than the minimum.

    #3 won't work because becoming a CNA won't do anything to change your GPA. If your GPA didn't cut it for this time when you applied, becoming a CNA and reapplying at a later date doesn't change the fact that your GPA is too low.

    If you really want to become a nurse you have to get your GPA up. That means going back and redoing classes you did poorly in.

  • Jun 17

    If your ultimate goal is to become an RN then of the 3 you only have 1 choice.

    #2 won't work because all the RT schools around here require a certain GPA and while its shows a low min GPA, its also competitive and that low min GPA won't cut it in order to get into the programs. Most colleges/uni show a lower min GPA as a requirement however, they tend to take from higher GPAs than the minimum.

    #3 won't work because becoming a CNA won't do anything to change your GPA. If your GPA didn't cut it for this time when you applied, becoming a CNA and reapplying at a later date doesn't change the fact that your GPA is too low.

    If you really want to become a nurse you have to get your GPA up. That means going back and redoing classes you did poorly in.

  • Jun 10

    My State BON has yearly lists of both the NCLEX pass rates as well as the graduation rates of each nursing school (LPN, RN (ASN, BSN and accelerated BSN programs).

    The graduation information list not only gives info on how many graduated but it also gives info on how many started, how many graduated, how many came into the program from somewhere other than the start (transfer students), how many LPNs in the RN program, etc

  • Jun 5

    What they are looking for in terms of a reaction was listed in the blurb from the CDC that I posted: "induration (palpable, raised, hardened area or swelling)." So yes a 'bump'. And they would look right in the area where the test was given.

    Mine typically become very red as well as tender(feels much like a bruise) but I've never had an induration/bump. As the previous poster mentioned, without being able to see/feel your test there is no way we can tell you if its + or -

  • Jun 5

    Redness does not mean a + ppd. The person reading the test does not (or should not) measure the redness but the induration.

    According to the CDC : The reaction should be measured in millimeters of the induration (palpable, raised, hardened area or swelling). The reader should not measure erythema (redness). The diameter of the indurated area should be measured across the forearm (perpendicular to the long axis). CDC | TB | Fact Sheets - Tuberculin Skin Testing for TB

    Your test should be read either today or tomorrow since they have to be read within 48-72 hrs after being placed or they are void and need to be redone.

  • Jun 2

    Hot water will not "ruin" them but it will fade the colors much quicker than if washed in cold or warm.

    My mindset is, I don't wash my hands in scalding water and bleach, I don't wash my hair with scalding water and bleach and all the "yuckies" are killed with nothing more than a shower and soap, my uniform has no more and no less 'yuckies" on them than my skin or hair.

    I wash my scrubs in warm water with regular laundry detergent.

    The concensus is good handwashing with warm water and soap kills almost all the things you come in contact with, so I'm thinking warm water and laundry detergent will suffice for my scrubs..just my 0.02 cents.

  • May 28

    Our LPN to RN bridge course consisted of a 3 credit online class manditated by the State BON. My online class was pretty much self-taught however it was more of a review/refresher of what you learned in LPN school with a little more added in about the RN and his/her added responsibilities (teaching, care planning, blah blah blah). Class was easy enough. The professors who were running the class were very quick to respond to any questions or issues. Don't have too much bad to say about that class.

    Then we take 1 credit course at our 'home' school (our RN program school) that entails 25 hours (? something like that) of clinical floor time and 16 hours lecture. Again, easy enough. No complaints. This was done 'in person'. Great teacher!

    My biggest gripe about the LPN to RN program is we sort of get thrown into the 2nd year of the nursing classes (this is an ADN program) with no direction or information. No idea how they do their care plans, no idea how clinicals run etc. Yes, we are up to par educationally with the students who had to go through the 1st year of the nursing courses but we lag behind in terms of how things 'run'. Seems like it will be a trial by fire kind of thing with the clinicals when we start back in august. Hopefully the year 2 CI's have a little bit of a heart and give the LPN" a chance to learn what the others have had the last year to (using the hospital computer, how the CI's want paperwork done, where things are, using the equipment d/t the equipment (IV tubing etc) is different that what some of us are use to at the facilities we work at etc.

  • May 25

    As meanmaryjean said, she crossed a line..but not only did he/she cross the line..he/she kept on going FARRRR past that line!

    I would be livid if someone did that to my family members without permission (and I'm Catholic). Your instructor has no idea the faith that the mom is associated with (if any at all). And to assume she's Christian because 'most people are Christian around here'...I just have no words!

  • May 11

    The J&J commercials..some bug me, some don't...this one is one I really like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PVeO...6ABCBE3966759A

  • Apr 12

    A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.

    At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.

    In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.


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