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  • Jul 19 '12

    There is a idea to make DNP required for entry-level nursing mid-level providers at 2015.

    American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Homednp/roadmapreport.pdf

    Although, the very similar idea about making BSN required for entry-level RN positions is like 30 years old already, and ADN programs are still mostly alive and well.

  • Jun 29 '12

    FINALLY!!!! After all the stress, crying, and worrying I finally took the NCLEX and found out today that I passed. Thank you to everyone on here who posted soooo many encouraging words. Computer shut off at 75 questions and I was so unsure of how I did that all I wanted to do was cry. But instead, I kept myself distracted and today I found out that it was finally all over.

    So this is how I prepared and some tips to anyone that is freaking out about taking their test:

    I studied my ATI NCLEX review book and Saunders book for review and refreshing on things that were my weakness.

    NCSBN course was a lifesaver!!!!!!! In my opinion, this course is worth every penny and it is only $50. Not to mention that it is created by the same people who make up the nclex.

    What I did:

    - I took one Saunders exam and found out my areas of weakness. My weakness was Maternity and cardiovascular.

    - Next, I reviewed these area in my saunders book for a deeper explanation, and my ATI book when I just needed something that was straight to the point.

    - Third, I did all the questions I could on these two areas. This meant all the saunders questions, ati questions and Nclex 4000. I READ ALL THE RATIONALES, INCLUDING THE QUESTIONS THAT I GOT RIGHT.

    - I did read a Kaplan strategy book and wrote down the strategies so I could look at them while I answered questions.

    - When I finally felt comfortable on my weak areas I moved on. I signed up for the 3 wk NCSBN course and began to review system by system. Each time I was done with one area (i.e. Gastrointestinal) I did all the questions I could on that area.

    - Finally I got to the question bank and di all the questions I could. Reading each rationale as I went. I also wrote down rationales to the questions I got wrong in order to review later on. I did this all the way up until my last study day.

    - The day before my test I reviewed labs, and meds and I stopped at 6pm. I grabbed my boyfriend, went out to movie and a dinner, got home took a hot shower and relaxed until I fell asleep.


    I honestly wished I hadn't stressed as much as I had. The test was difficult but I got through it, and that was the goal. I gave my study days my all and didn't beat myself up for missing a day or 2.

    To anyone getting ready to take the test, YOU CAN DO IT. Please don't get discouraged, give it your all and focus while studying. Put in 3-4 hours each day, give yourself the weekends and be patient with yourselves. You are never going to learn and remember everything, your goal should be to understand what you do know and be confident.

    I hope this helps!

    p.s. I did the pop-up trick about 2 hours after the test and I got the good pop-up!!

  • Jun 28 '12

    Yep, been out there in the work force for 30 yrs, I treat people the way they treat me, I dont care if they are a doctor, lawyer, or CEO. It doesnt matter where the place of business is, you will always get people like that. You can't control them, but you can control yourself, and just move on with your day. I don't let someones bad attitude at work or school effect my day, its their issue, not mine. I just smile and keep going on about my day as usual.

  • Aug 26 '11

    In nursing this problem is called "dimensional analysis". In chemistry it's just a pain in the butt However, if you can learn to convert back and forth using this system, then you can you it to do ANY problem you will come across in nursing.

    First, realize that chemistry is all about "units". 453.6 grams is equal to 1 pound, so 1 pound contains 453.6 grams.

    This is how I set up the problem:

    (12 oz. / 6 ) x (1 pound / 16 oz. ) x (453.6 grams / 1 pound) x (51 grams / 100 grams) = 28.9 grams

    If you type the equation into a graphing calculator using the parenthesis and "/" symbols and use "*" as multiply, you will come out with the exact same answer.

    Go across the top row first. (12*1*453.6*51) = 277603.2
    Then the bottom row: (6*16*1*100) = 9600
    Divide the top row by the bottom row: 277603.2 / 9600 = 28.9

    I hope that explains it. Chemistry is a hard class, but you can do it

  • Aug 26 '11

    quick complaining about the teacher! study harder!!!

  • Aug 22 '11

    My last semester of PreReq's for my CC RN Program, it is a very competitive program but so far I am on track to get right on in! Heavy semester starting tommorrow, but I can do it. Best of luck to everyone starting a new semester, keep your chin up, you will make it thru and if you can dream it, you can achieve it!

  • Aug 22 '11

    LPNs have far more limited opportunities, and often end up in nursing homes, so consider whether you have the patience, empathy, strong back, and ability to care for ill, fragaile, often mentally confuesed, often incontinent elders. There are some LPN jobs in hospitals, but limited numbers. In most ouptatient settings, they pay and benefits are bad because they can train a medical assistant and pay him or her less.

    LPNs also have little power and influence, and a limited voice in changing things on their unit, so if you don't like being told what to do and being low man on the totem pole, either go the RN route, or plan to go right back to become an RN. Before anyone flames me, yes, I am sure there are LPNs who have worked in extended care for a long time and who are valued by management and have a voice, but most LPNs are in pretty low status jobs. I know--I was an LPN for 15 years. My status, and my voice in things, grew tremendously as soon as the initials behind my name changed.

    That said, If what you love is the patients and providing care, than being an LPN might be more fulfilling because you are not expected to do more and more things away from the bedside. I have many memorable moments, and made a real difference to many patients in my days as an LPN. It made me an excellent bedside nurse, who could quickly perceive and focus on patient needs and priorities, and able to connect with them on a deep level. even though I have a Master's degree, practiced as an APN for over 10 years, and now teach in a School of Nursing, I am very grateful that I was an LPN first. It shaped me into who I became and gave me a better perspectvie of what it means to really care for the needs of your fellow human beings.

    In addition, there are some of us who really dislike having to deal with and manage others. If you don't want to have to figure out what to do about uncooperative CNAs, don't be an RN. If you are not sure that you want to take care of critically ill persons, or don't envision yourself working in L&D, NICU, OR, ER, or other specialty areas, don't be an LPN becuase they rarely, if ever, work there. The upside of that is that if real true bottom line responsibility scares you, you will face far less of it as an LPN. The R in RN should stand for RESPONSIBLE, because the smooth functioning of most of the hospital and of patient care, along with that person's entire well-being, is in their hands.

    However, if you like challenges, get bored easily, and want maximum opportunities to grow and learn as a nurse, you won't get them as an LPN. To get a license as either will be a lot of work, and requires critical thinking skills, and the ability to read, comprehend, and apply huge chunks of science-based information. I hope what I am about to say comes across as straight forward, and not as meant to deride anyone (you in particular): there are hundreds of thousands of people on this board who vastly underestimate how tough nursing is, both to get through school, and then work in the field. Yes, you need to be able to do algebra. Yes, you need to take and actually understand and apply microbiology. Yes, you need to be able to think through and write a complex plan of care, and do so without copying it from a book. And please promise me that there will be no whining or questioning why you have to learn and do these things while you are in school. What good does that do? Just buckle down and do it.

    You will need major people skills, and an ability to listen well and get along with people from very diverse background, and to work with others as a member of an effective team. You will need to be flexible and creative, and to possess a very high level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Nurses need to be tough and SMART. Sadly, for many reasons most of the general public doesn't yet understand the smart part, or recognize that nearly everyone in the hospitals now is far sicker than 20 years ago, and that to care for them using the complex technology of today requires high level skills. Lots of peple are flocking to nursing programs because they believe it will be a manageable job with good pay that cannot possibly get sent to China. Thus many nursing students are shocked at how much thinking, hard work, and intellectual skills are required to make it through nursing school, even as an LPN. That's why the schools of nursing ask for high GPAs to get in. In addition, why should they admit folks and then saddle them with thousands in debt when that person does not have what it take to pass NCLEX? FYI: there is no such thing as a fast or easy route to nursing. There is certainly no such thing as an easy nursing program.

    You need all these things and more: stamina to do a physically demanding job. If you don't think you can handle 10-12 hours on your feet, running around with two bathrooom breaks and two 15-20 minute quick meals, don't be a nurse. If you cannot handle strong smells, yucky things, and dealing intimtatley with someone else's body, this may not be for you. You also need the emotional maturity to focus on the needs of others, and to be there for others who are in emotional pain, or who are anxious, scared, or suffering.

    I am not sure if this is possible, but see if you can talk to 2-3 grads of any program you are considering. (Be sure they don't just direct you to the really smart ones, or to ones that didn't work while in school.) Ask them what the program was like, how many hours per week they spent on their courses, etc. Ask how many of their peers flunked out along the way. Check the state baord's website for NCLEX pass rates. Ask these nurses how long it took them to get a job, and how many months or years they spent on the night shift. Ask them about a typical work day--aak how many breaks they get and for how long. Go into this for the right reasons (because you care deeply about other people and want to do something that makes a difference in their lives.) and with your eyes wide open. If it is right for you, you'll know it, and God speed.

  • Aug 9 '11

    Well, I have decided I'm going to get my CNA now, apply for the LPN (since my grade is so low ) and then try to apply for the RN next year, that way, I'll have the experience, and they will realize how bad I want this haha. I really want it though, there isn't anything else I can do. And we can't take it twice. :/ They take the first grade no matter what. I am going to kick butt on the TEAS and NLN though.. Hopefully that will better my chances!! I am going to apply for both this upcoming year, LPN in February, and RN in March, hopefully I will get into one!!

    BTW, thank you everyone for your encouragement. You guys are all amazing <3!

  • Aug 4 '11

    Quote from Aly529
    Oh wow. Extra stress not needed. Understood. I can only imagine how mad I'd be... You'll get through it. You'll laugh about it one day.
    I actually did laugh since there was nothing else I could do..and you know what???? I got a 95% on that final woohoooo!!!!!! So I survived

    I love the one that said "You're proud that you can spell diarrhea"

  • Jul 31 '11

    I dont get the whole thing with people and sharing grades/not sharing grades. I want to know who is doing well to tap them as a resource on how maybe I can do better.

    All the ********/cattiness that people do about others grades is what annoys me. Yes people are doing awesome and they want to share the awesomeness that they are doing. But heaven forbid they might **** off/offend/make someone cry because they didnt do well on the test. Seriously people if you cant handle facebook get off it.

  • Jul 31 '11

    Quote from Kateoh82
    Does anyone find this really annoying? I'm usually private about my grades unless a good friend of mine from class asks me..... Does the whole world need to know? This is how the posts usually look. A&P 93%... just weird to me.. anyone else feel the same?
    I had one classmate who would put up a self-aggrandizing post on facebook when she got an A on a test. But when she didn't get an A, she didn't post.

    She was annoying all the time, facebook didn't change anything.

    I think posting grades on facebook is a personal choice. And if others want to think someone else's choices are annoying, that's fine too.

    That being said, I posted exactly one grade on my facebook page - I noted that I graduated nursing school with a 4.0.

  • Jul 31 '11

    Howdy! Congrats, fellow first semester nursing students!

    I start on August 15th. I'm entering nursing school with a 4.0 GPA, after finishing all of my pre/co-requisites. I got a 15 out of 15 possible points on the HOAE, which is the entrance test and grading scale used at my school.
    Yes, I am a crazed, maniacal over-achiever! I do want to be a nurse, after all!

  • Jul 27 '11


  • Jul 27 '11

    I am! I'm doing an LPN/BSN bridge program. I've taken 2 classes/semester for the past 3 semesters. I have 2 classes left, then I'm going from full-time @ work to PRN so I can take my last 3 semesters full-time. It's a personal fullfillment thing for me. It was also my husband's dying wish....that I graduate college. I graduated LPN school from a CC w/ an associates degree. Kids are all grown and gone and now it's ME TIME. Yea, the money will be nice, too!