CrazyGoonRN 13,214 Views
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OMG!! That story was such an inspiration!!!!! I am a pre-nursing student who is trying to get into the RN program at my school and its very competitive and although i am not weak, at times I second guess myself because all the nursing students say its really hard. I have a 1 year old son and im a teen mother. Ive been called every name in the book by so called friends because of being a teen mother and they dont expect for me to succeed in nursing! But after listening to your story about how you had the strength, motivation, determination, and drive to still give it your BEST shot while you were severely sick, motivates me so much to get off my ass and get my mind right! I have no reason to doubt myself. and i have no excuses to failing! You truly touched me! I will never forget this story!
I think that it was a good choice for me. I took all my pre-req's for a RN program then didn't get in. So I applied to a LPN program and got in. I didn't want to wait around for a semester and reapply to the RN program. What would I have done? I had already completed all my pre-req's and I didn't have a job. I completed the LPN program in 1 year and it was tough. I got my license the next month and now I am working making 19.50/hour in a nursing home. In TN that is good money for a LPN. My dream is to work in a hospital on the med/surg floor but as an LPN that is most likely not going to happen. So for now I am sticking with the nursing home and trying to be the best nurse I can be. I have learned a lot there. I have applied to a local LPN-RN program and am waiting to hear if I got in or not. I really hope I do, but if I don't I am going to stay positive and not loose sight of my ultimate goal to be an RN.
I think everything depends on your attitude. If you expect it to be bad then it will be. If you look at the good things about being an LPN then it could be an awesome career move. One of my coworkers has been an LPN for 9 years. She had always planned on becomming an RN, but now wants to stay an LPN. She makes very good money and if she became an RN her salary would drop quite a bit. She is one of the best nurses that I know. She even trains the new RN's who come to work at our facility. She is about to get another raise since she just acceped a job as nurse manager. She got to where she is because she truly cares about people and wants to be a good nurse and she is a good nurse. No matter what you choose never stop learning and trying to become better than you used to be
My nursing school journey: I applied and didn't get into a BSN program several years ago. A few weeks after I was rejected I applied and got into an LPN program. After graduating LPN school I applied to a LPN-RN program and didn't get in. Later that year I applied to a LPN-BSN program and I got in. :-) I am now am RN. I say keep trying if you don't get in the first time. That's what I did and I'm exactly where I want to be today.
Retake whatever class you need to in order to get your GPA up. Do what ever you can to help you get I. :-) don't give up!!!
I understand what you mean about people taking it too literally. Truth is before my brother in law (25 years old) was injured in war then died 2 days later I wouldn't have taken it too literally. That experience of sitting by my sisters side and helping care for my 22 month old nephew while she was overwhelmed with grief changed me. Now I take everything much more literally. Wether thats a good thing or not I don't know. It has to do with your experiences in life and how they change you.
With all that said. I hope you get the job!!
My first reaction is no, new grads shouid not be hired in the ICU. However, if the new grad has an adequate length of orientation and a good preceptor then I think it is fine. However, I know that my hospital is hiring anyone and every one they can find in the ICU's because of short staffing. This means a large number of new grads on night shift in the ICU. It is not safe because the more experienced nurses do not have time to answer questions all night long and take care of their own critically ill patients. I only have 1 year of ICU experience and I still have a lot to learn and I am helping the new grads. It is frustrating. Management is shortening the length of oriention to get nurses on their own quicker. It is very unsafe. I'm not sure how long the orientaion for new grads has been cut to, but I know experienced nurses with no ICU experience used to get 8 weeks and are now getting only 5 weeks.
I wonder if this is happening at other hospitals?
It depends on how long you are committed to go to school and your money and living situation. However, you will have many more opportunities as an RN.
I went through a full time LPN program that lasted 1 year. It was intense because everything is compressed. It was 5 days a week. It was hard for many students in the class to continue working at their other jobs once we were about 6 months into the program. It was tough because we would go over information and often be tested on it a few days later. It also required an 80 or above. Below an 80 was considered failing.
I later went through a LPN-BSN program. Compared to the LPN program, in the BSN program we dug deeper into every subject and had more time to learn it. I learned a tremendous amount of information in my BSN program that was never mentioned in the LPN program. Going through a Associates or Bachelor's degree program is a big committment that lasts several years. Also, if I want to go on to grad school I can go anytime with my BSN.
I am glad that I became an LPN then later an RN. However, I always wanted to work in a hospital with really sick patients. That is something I could never do as an LPN.
What do you want to do as a nurse?
As an LPN your opportunities are limited and the pay is less.
As an RN your opportunites are endless and the pay is better.
Did you get your license?
I sent off for my Georgia license last week and I recieved an email from them the next day with a link to where I can log in and see updates. Also, I had to get ink fingerprinted and mail it to a company in California for my background check. They only accept electronic fingerprints if you go to specific locations within the state of Georgia. The nurse manager at the hospital I have been hired at says it typically takes 3 weeks to get a Georgia license. I just hope there is no delay so my start date is not pushed back.
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