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Joined: May 31, '11; Posts: 10 (10% Liked) ; Likes: 1
Med-Tech / LPN Student; from US
Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience

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    DATC has an LPN-RN bridge program through Weber. Once you graduate you can apply for Weber's RN-BSN program.

    You could always contact Weber's nursing program and ask them. I'm not sure of any programs that are specifically LPN-BSN.

    Weber, SLCC, and a couple others have LPN-RN.

    UofU, SLCC, Dixie, Westminster and many others have RN-BSN.

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    First semester 10 students, 1 clinical instructor, 1 hospital, all floors. We went the night before and researched information, met prior for pre conference and afterwards for post conference. Our instructor assigned us to a patient and to a nurse. The nurse asked what we had passed off and then was our sole supervision. Our clinical instructors rounded through the hospital checking on us, but never for longer than say 5 minutes.
    The next 2 semesters, 10 students in a group at a hospital, spread throughout the floors, units, ER, and same day. Fast pre conference with over an hour (second semester was like 3 hours) long post conference. Again, assigned a nurse as primary supervision, no real research or "patient loading" before hand.
    Last semester precepting (capstone) assigned 1 nurse for > 135 hours. 3 meetings with clinical instructor over the course of a month.
    At no time in 4 semesters were we ever allowed to pass meds or do anything more than CNA type duties without direct supervision of our nurse or preceptor.
    As far as being able to look up meds, labs, disease course, care plans etc... to me it's almost more of a crutch and I'm glad we only did it that first semester. How often do you get anything more than a 3 minute bedside report and a glance at a patient's Kardex or chart before you just have to hit the floor running?
    I like to glance at labs, med lists, and orders quickly just so in my mind I have a basic idea of what I'm dealing with but I rarely get anything more than that.

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    I went to DATC and I feel like I was very well prepared with skills, knowledge, and also to pass the NCLEX. The program is intense, you'll do 2 semesters full time to get your LPN which you are required to take the NCLEX-PN. Then you immediately bridge to your RN with 2 semesters that are also taught at DATC.

    The program isn't part time, there are some semesters that you are in class or clinicals 5 days a week 7-3. Your last semester of RN year you will go to school 2 days a week and have full time precepting that equals 130 hours. They will not work around your work hours, as they tell you on day one, they own you for the next 18 months... it was worth it.

    Precepting was amazing, I learned the confidence needed to land a hospital job from my first interview. Hospital staff loved us during clinicals because we knew our skills and our director held us to extremely high standards.

    I think we had like a 90% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN first time takers and 100% for the NCLEX-PN.

    hope this helps :-)

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    geekynurseRN likes this.

    I recently heard a story about a husband passing out and cracking his head on the ground. Could be that the anesthesiologist prefers to only have to worry about 1 patient in the room ;-)

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    I go to a technical college, for our LPN year we were required to pay a nominal $40 ish each semester for the 'syllabus' which included the outlines used in each class to take notes on during lecture. It was holed punched and ready to be put into a binder -or 3.

    Our RN year we were emailed the 'syllabus'. Each class was over 150 pages. We were still required to print them and I honestly only saved about $5 printing them at home... And I still had to hole punch them.

    Doing my prerequisite classes I spent $100's in paper and ink printing at home. I was relieved to just buy a packet that was shrink wrapped and ready to go!

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    The concern is that you can get a CPR card online and its not American Heart Association certified. Just make sure you have a CPR card that is good through school ending, and says American Heart Association on it. Email Becky with the info you have, and the expiration date and she can verify. :-)

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    Way to go!!! Just take things one step at a time, I did my immunizations at the health department, got my books on amazon, and I did my CPR at a local cna school.

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    Looking for anyone currently going or getting ready to go. My cohort starts August 27th, I am excited and nervous to be finally starting the LPN program, and then continuing with the LPN to RN bridge through Weber!

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    So I am about to start an LPN program that goes from Fall 2012 - Spring 2013, then immediately bridges to RN Summer 2013 - Fall 2013. The following info is what I did for the LPN portion.

    I waited for the school to email our booklist (it even included the new/used prices from their bookstore), then started searching Amazon. I am too OCD to use an old book, I need to know that the chapter I am told to read matches the information intended (although most books don't change THAT much, our Patho book changed drastically!)

    On Amazon I was able to qualify for their in store 0% interest for 12 months... I got books for my 1st and 2nd semesters for ~$500; 12 books total, all have the access codes and cd's in them. On Amazon most of my books qualified for free shipping, and the new books were only $10ish more than a used book (nothing worse than buying a book from someone who thought EVERY word needed highlighting!)

    I also occasionally sift through books at local 'thrift stores' and was able to find a Nursing Care Plan and Documentation book that is only one edition older for $1. With something that I will want for my own reference for writing care plans (and maybe want more than 1 book) I figured I can combine this with any others I may purchase or borrow!