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    Hello!
    I work in HomeCare and I am trying to figure something out. I have a patient who is currently on Plavix and Aspirin daily. He is having surgery on 10/24 and his MD said he would have to hold both prior to surgery. He has AFib and a pacemaker. My question is, would this patient be taken off those two and out on Lovenox, or just taken off Plavix and Aspirin with nothing added? I don't understand how they wouldn't have to be on something when my Coumadin/Warfarin patients go on Lovenox. Help!!

    The more info the better, I am trying to really understand the background with this!

    Thanks in advance!

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    I am currently in the day program at Ptec and at times it is a little unorganized, but you get what you pay for. This program is so much less $$ than any other program that I can stand a little chaos. As far as getting accepted, I got 12.9 on the TABE, and I did OK on the TEAS, nothing crazy high. I think I had a total of 4 or 5 "points" to get in, I went to orientation and felt the exact same way. I never thought I would get it. One of the biggest things to make sure you do is have your application 100% PERFECT. In the correct order, with everything they ask for. I even included some extra things at the back like some awards or recognitions. You never know what could help.

    The beginning was very difficult. We sometimes had 3 tests a week. We are almost seniors now (2 weeks!) and it has slowed down. I sometimes feel that I am unsure of things I should know, but at clinicals I always come to the conclusion that I know more than I think I do. The teachers are pretty good, mine are anyway. We have a total of 5 tests, plus the ATI tests left! Then it is all clinicals until November.

    They will tell you that some sections are very hard and that you loose people, our class has not lost one person due to academics. The section the say they loose the most people on is Nutrition. It is really easy! We did a poster-board/presentation on a diet, and then we had a test. They will try to scare you! Just read the chapters and you will honestly be fine!

    If you have any questions I would be more than happy to help.

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    Ahh i see. It is a lot of studying at home! And I believe the clinicals for the online class are either in the evening or on the weekend.

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    I am doing the traditional day class.

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    I did have to take both the TABE and the TEAS. THe TABE was so easy, honestly if you are unable to pass that this program is too hard for you. So far we have competed all the CNA part! The fitst part was not hard at all, you need to maintain an average of 80% throughout the entire course. So far nobody in our class has failed out at all. We have had 3 people leave, but not because of grades. Right now I think we have about 22 students in our class. We are currently learning three seperate things at once, Muscle System, Nutrition, and Nursing Process. You do not learn one subject at a time, so you have to be able to multi-task and be very organized so that you don't fall behind or miss anything. Also attendence is very important, it is not like a regular college class, you MUST go to school. You are only allowed to miss a certain number of HOURS...not days. Meaning that if you are late every day it could add up to that 13 hours or w/e it is that you can miss. If you miss more than that you are put on probation, if you are put on probation again the rest of the entire program you are out. There are no excused absences. The same for the grades. For every different section if your average is below an 80% you are out.

    Do you have any more specific questions?

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    Are you in the program currently?

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    Awesome! Congrats! I can't wait until August 22nd! Does anyone know the school code for ordering the vests?

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    Thanks to you both! I am doing the traditional program! I am so excited and looking forward to learning new things. Are you in Hybrid or Traditional?

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    flpsych likes this.

    I just got my email telling me that I got in! YAY! Thanks for all your help and advice!

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    At the orientation the PN advisor told us only 24! I am super nervous! And on top of that they postponed the St. PETE start date so there is just the Clearwater traditional program and the hybrid starting in August. I guess they have had a lot of cutbacks.

    I Just finished putting my application together to drop off Monday! I went through it about 5 times to make sure it's perfect. I will probably end up going through it again before Monday!

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    Application is Due Tuesday the 21 and we have a reply Monday the 27th! I hope i get in! I am so nervous! There were so many people at the orientation, i have two points from my TEAS plus work in the medical field so that is 3 points. Then i have a m CPR and I have done CNA/HHA/Phlebotomy/PCT training so hopefully they will give me the 2 points for that. But worst case I have 3 points. How many points did you have?

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    When did your program start? Do you know what the average was as far as how many points people have? I am just trying to figure out my chances...tia

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    The Clearwater location and St. Pete location each offer the TEAS test one day per week. Obviosuly now this week is the last week to take the TEAS as the application is due on Tuesday. I am only applying for the LPN program as I have taken a CNA/HHA/Phlebotomy course in the past. I am hoping that they will give me the points for that. WE find out the 27th who got in! Good Luck!


    Let me know what you got on the TEAS!

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    I took version 5, they changed the point system based on the new TEAS because it so so much harder. Now you only need a 58% to get in instead of a 70%. I was thinking about re-taking it, but unfortunately I just took it last Friday and there is not 30 days between that date and a new day to test before the admission deadline.

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    Yes this helps. I have have 68.7 which is 2 points, plus I work in the healtcare field, so that is another point, and I have taken CNA/Phlebotomist/Hospital Tech training. Hopefully that will count as the two points. Worst case i know i have 3 points, best case i have 5 points. I have already started going through my packet daily to make sure that I have EVERYTHING needed. There were well over 100 people at the seminar and only 24 will get in. Does that seem about the same ratio at the seminar for your start date?


    Thansk so much for ALL your help! I appreciate it so much!


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