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  • Aug 8 '12

    Usually when I see a long post I choose not to read it (usually a lot of babbling going on) but for some reason I READ EVERY WORD OF THIS ONE!! OHHHHHH how I needed to hear this!!! This was so on point for me.I know throughout school that I am probably gonna come back and look for this exact post just to have some words of encouragement from someone who has been there!!!!

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH and congrats on finishing your program. Keep me posted on how you do for your boards!!!

  • Aug 8 '12

    I just finished my last day of nursing school. Turned in my last assignment at exactly noon. It still hasn't sunk in yet. For the last 4 hours I have sat on my couch not really knowing what to do with myself. I then decided to reach out to all the students who may be starting a program this fall. I remember being in those shoes, and all the questions I had. All the fear. All the excitement. So basically, Ill sum up my nursing school experience as best as I can.

    1.) You WILL survive. I did. I'm one of those people who have what you call, "anxiety," and boy did I let that get to me right before my program started. I was incredibly scared. I had heard all these stories on this site about how hard nursing school is, how I would have no life, etc. You WILL survive. I did. (And honestly, it can be frustrating at times, but it really isn't that bad...)

    2.) That leads me to number 2. Nursing school IS hard. BUT, its only hard because of the amount of work, not the material itself. Learn time management. Like yesterday. Dont let yourself fall behind, but DO give yourself breaks. You DONT have to have a 4.0. You just need to pass. You will learn this by your last quarter when it takes all you have to finish your last assignments and you find yourself figuring the percentage you need just to pass the darn class...

    You CAN work. I worked an average of 15 hours a week and maintained a 3.8 average. And I don't want to brag, but my program has a notorious reputation of being one of the more "challenging" in the area.

    4.) Your house WILL be messy. But you probably wont have time to notice...
    5) You will PROBABLY gain weight. (So dont go out and buy a bunch of new clothes two weeks before your program starts like I did. lol.)

    You're gonna cry at some point.

    At the same time, you're gonna have some of the most amazing smiles and laughs of your life..

    The friends you will make in the program will truly be the only ones who get what you are going through. Because of this, you will make some of the best friends of your life.

    9.) You will have moments where you go.."wow, I actually feel like I get this nursing thing!"...Then 5 minutes later you feel lost again. Totally normal.

    10.) Some teachers will scare the ***** out of you. While others will inspire you. Just do your thing. If they say say, "how high?"

    Again, you WILL survive. I could keep going on and on. But that probably sums up most of it. I honestly feel like school just started yesterday and I have no idea how I got here right now because it went by SOOOOOOO fast. You got this. If you have any questions, please let me know. I'm hear to lend an ear. Besides, I have no idea what I am going to do with myself over these next few weeks besides study for my boards. This is just a very very very good way. Get ready to embark on the most REWARDING quest of your life. Its all worth it for this moment.

  • Aug 8 '12

    I hate people who think that I should be there "on the dot" like they are the only patient there. I've told those people straight up, I may be busy elsewhere but I will try to come around such and such time. I can't promise anything. And if they get nasty:

    If you want a private duty nurse, pay for one yourself, I have to do my work and prioritize and if you're not my number one priority, feel happy: You're not the one dying.

  • Aug 5 '12

    This one is funny. I can see this happening every shift change.

    Do you have any stories to share regarding a shift change?

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  • Aug 5 '12

    lack of sleep, loss of the real function of your kitchen table, and not seeing your friends and family enough

  • Jun 19 '11

    i graduate this thursday june 23rd!!!! yayyyyy baby sooo excited! congratulations to all the other lpn grads and also to those starting their journey this year

  • Jun 19 '11

    I am very happy & EXCITED to say I GRADUATED THIS PAST WEDNESDAY, June 15th from my LPN program!!

    Congratulations to us all!!!

  • Jun 18 '11

    I graduate in 2 weeks. Can't believe it!!!

  • Nov 1 '10

    I dealt with this in school...the best way to handle it, I've found, is the merely smile and say "I passed" or "I did well" when people ask what grade I got. Rarely will the person push to know exactly what you got after that (though they do exist....) I also never ask anyone else what they got or how they're doing, because I don't want them to feel uncomfortable/bad if they're not doing well and then I'm all 'oh...i got a 90.' when people have seen my grade inadvertently, i'll say something to the effect of "i'm so happy i did well, i studied really really hard" etc. and when i get a 'bad' grade, i act the same way--i'm not a sore loser, i smile and say "i passed" whether i got a 75 or a 95. my classmates who made a big deal over getting "bad grades" (that were still passing) made themselves very unpopular.
    i also keep my test paper turned over. and i also make a point not to seem like a know-it-all in general--i don't raise my hand to answer every question, for example, or argue with the teacher over a measly point on an exam.
    edited to add: not that i'm saying you act like a know-it-all or do those things! i'm just saying, being less ostentatious about doing well has served me well in return.

  • Sep 26 '10

    we are seeing more and more new grads begin their posting history here with using titles in their user name that they have not earned. graduating from a nursing program does not give you the title of rn or lvn/lpn. that is conferred only upon passing of the nclex exam here or the equivalent in another country.

    please do not use the title rn, lpn,lvn, or nurse if you have not taken and passed the licensing exam.

    this is per the terms of service that you agreed to abide by when you signed up as well as per the requirements of each and every board of nursing in the us.

    we do not permit one to use other degrees that they have not earned as well, such as crna or cnm or np in their user name if something else is not added to make sure that one would not assume that they have actually earned the right to use that distinction.

    thanks for your understanding on this.

    the moderators

    edited 11/16/2008
    please do not change your user name to include nurse in it until you have actually taken and passed either of the nclex exams or an exam or hold licensure in another country. graduating from a univeristy and having a degree in nursing is not the same as holding a license. and this is what is required by every bon in the us. being a graduate nurse is not having a license, you are working under the license of another nurse, therefore you should not be using the designation nurse here as well until the exam is passed and you have an actual license number that is issued to you.

    i am updating this to make this point.

    thank you for your understanding on this. please reread the tos of this site and the section called user names if you have any questions.


  • Sep 26 '10

    i'm dumb and i passed nclex!!!! j and you can too!!! here's how!

    okay i'm exaggerating. i'm average, the biggest procrastinator on earth and absolutely lazy to study. sounds familiar? so you can just imagine how scared i was to take this freaking exam. and i cannot conceive the thought of failing because i don't want to go thru it all over again!!!! or waste my parent's hard earned money because i did not prepare well for it. or worst not have a us rn license my future very much depends on it.

    i won't go into details on how to answer questions; there are gazillions of tips here on that subject. i understand how difficult it is to stick to a schedule to study and not allow yourself to slack off or be distracted by other things. that's what this strategy is all about. getting the job done!

    i enrolled in kaplan and studied saunders from cover to cover and frantically answered as many nclex questions and tried to understand each rationale as much as possible, i studied long and hard for this exam. i gave my blood, sweat and tears to pass. i know of some people who just breezed thru it or studied for a month or so but i'm just wired differently. i knew that the only way i was going to pass was if i worked really hard on it. and i did!

    so bottom line is i had to come up with effective strategies to get me thru! and after passing the exams years ago and procrastinating on this post..... i finally gathered the courage to post here some sane and some insane things i did to pass. i just feel i need to give back and help others succeed as well.


    i freeze up and can't think when i'm scared. hence, i had to talk myself out of my fears and anxiety and hallucinations of failing. i needed to focus on my goals. easy for me to say... but it was really hard to do. i had to employ the famous quotes of great motivators like vince lombardi, brian tracy, rick pittino and many others. i looked up quotes, read books, watched you tube motivation videos, believe in miracle videos, any thing that would push me out of my comfort zone and think about conquering my fears and winning this challenge. believe me, you will need to constantly motivate yourself from beginning to end to accomplish things.

    and most of all allnurses nclex discussion forum- the insights shared by the many posters who went thru the same ordeal and were generous enough to share their experiences and tips and selflessly took the time to inspire others with their success stories helped me tremendously! i owe you guys a lot!


    i really mean seriously countdown everything! i worked in sales before i got into nursing... and we were trained to hit a target everyday no matter what. i guess that somehow made i use this strategy and it was so damn effective. this is what i did.

    • first, the moment i got my copy of the saunder's book, i almost buckled down... it was quite thick! how was i supposed to go thru the whole damn book without falling asleep? so i took the time to examine it. chapters, summaries, number of pages, introduction, and test taking tips... it was quite interesting... it wasn't as boring or complicated as i thought it would be. in fact i liked it.

    • i tried to read a chapter at my normal pace... and realized i can finish one chapter or 10 pages in one hour. i'm sure everyone has their own pacing and speed... so i'm slow compared to others but at least i know how to work around this. i placed colored tabs in every chapter so i am motivated to reach my finish line - which is the next chapter. so it's like cutting it into chunks and not being intimidated by the amount of material i needed to cover for the exams. so that means if i studied six hours a day that would sum up to 60 pages and another 2 hours for my 100 q&a. drill. not bad at all.

    • i counted the days to my exams. and divided it by the number of pages i need to complete. i used index cards to track my daily goals.

    here's an actual sample of what my daily countdown would read:

    dec 15, 200x

    day 17

    779 pages to go

    56 days to exam

    then at the back i would note how much i have accomplished for that day. including 100 or 30 or 20 q& a. or how many pages i read. and what points i needed to work on. sometimes i exceed my goals and sometimes i don't. i just keep going and as long as i know how much i need to catch up on it would keep me on track.

    and yeah i have a calculator next to me... just like em sales people counting their profits and quota...i keep counting the pages sometimes on hourly basis... less 10 pages less 12 pages 500 to go this much hours left much days left... just so i know i'm moving forward inch by inch. yeah it sounds ridiculous but self talk is also effective. j errrrr.... but please note its not just simply reading.... you also have to understand the material. sometimes you need to reread and refer back and all that... so its not simply going thru it... its more of getting the most out of it as well.


    commit to your goals. this means temporarily giving up unnecessary chatting, watching tv, and surfing, texting friends, yapping on phone anything that would sidetrack or distract me from my goals. though these things are inevitable. it's the hardest thing to give up... of course i still indulge myself in these activities for a while but then i set a time to stop to get back to studying. most of you maybe don't have to do such drastic measures but in my case i had to. sacrifices were in order. there was no other way around it.


    it won't be easy. the only way to succeed is thru hard work. i tell myself that i won't stand unless i finish a chapter. i'm glued to my chair and my book until i finish a chapter. once i'm warmed up, it's amazing how i can read more in less time. gradually my speed increased and even my comprehension improved i have to admit though that sometimes i would be really lazy to even touch a page but when i get back to it i make sure i make up for lost time. i do my best to do 100 questions a day. and read every rationale. i think i completed around 8,000 q an a all in all


    they say music is good for your brain. i tried mozart but he just put me to sleep... so i tried other songs .... name it from the latin drum beat ...ricky martin's la copa de la vida to santana, shakira's hips don't lie to indian bollywood beats, spanish to r&b guns and roses or red hot chilli pepers to aerosmith.. and it worked!!. id play it before i start studying..just so to cheer me up and jump start my energy level. the moment it ends i get down to business with high adrenaline! ok don't laugh... lol.. those were the songs back then... maybe if justin bieber rocks your world in this day and age ..then maybe that will work too! make learning fun!


    i don't think i could have gone thru this without god's help. i beg god for strength and miracles everyday to make it thru. i start and end my day with a prayer. i believe god heard me and granted my prayer.


    i must admit.. that despite having a countdown and a schedule sometimes there are days that i'm just too numb to lift a page or absorb anything. there are days when i just break down in tears because of the stress. sometimes you need to step back and recharge, breathe, meditate, calm your self and focus your energy for the task ahead.


    on the day of the exams i did my best to remain calm and focused. i was not confident but i figured having a sharp mind on the day of the exams was more important than anything else... i have worked too damn hard for this and i can't screw this up by being anxious or allowing panic to set in. i just had to focus and work at it one question at a time. and i have to trust that god will help me because i gave it my all.


    to each his own. everyone has their own way of learning mechanism. chose what works for you and make the most out of it. the things i've posted are probably some of the tips i also picked up from many generous and helpful forumers. i just modified it to suit my needs. i failed to mention that i didn't go thru this on my own.. i had the support of my family and friends for which i would eternally be greatful for.

    all the best!

  • Sep 25 '10

    Congrats! I'm new to this site, but I take the TEAS Monday and hopefully will be in LPN school next month which is when it starts. I'm just as excited as you are. I have small children, so I'm doing this for them and then later I can transition to RN which is my ultimate goal.

  • Sep 24 '10

    Nursing homes tend to have high turnover rates, so they often hire new CNAs. Hospitals are a lot harder to get into.

    I'd advise you to apply at every nursing home in your area, then after a couple of days, call each one and ask to speak to the Director of Nursing. Tell her you are calling to check on the status of your application - it shows initiative and that you are really interested in getting the job. Even if they have no positions available at that moment, it'll make them more likely to think of you when they do have an opening.

    Good luck!

  • Sep 24 '10

    Just remember the point of clinicals is to learn. No one should expect you to do everything perfect. Dont sweat the small stuff. If you are struggling with something or make a mistake life goes on. Short of dropping someone on their head theres really not much harm you can them in the short time you are working with them during clinicals. Too often when working in a long term care setting you have people who try to turn every molehill into a mountain. These people really need to put things in perspective.

    Just do your best and be friendly and understand that you will make mistakes or be confused at times.

  • Sep 24 '10

    I just want to wish you luck on everything. You have chosen such a wonderful and rewarding profession. Just study, study, study. PRay and do more studying. The program is doable and you will succeed.