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Joined Aug 18, '11 - from 'CALIFORNIA'. oohhjamila is a Nursing Assistant. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Mental Health, MR/DD, Palliative/Hospice'. Posts: 5 (40% Liked) Likes: 8

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    I apologize if you feel as though I "minimalized" what nurses do, that was not my intent. However, I've been doing patient care for 10 years and when I see a hospital RN sitting in front of a computer charting for 8 hours of a 12 hour shift, or an LVN at a SNF working on careplans all night, yes, that to me is paper pushing. I love patient care, and just wanted to be able to do a little more clinically. I know plenty of what nursing entails and I have that real world experience which I believe should count a little more. I have held the hand of a dying patient as she took her last breaths, and performed the Heimlich maneuver (now known as abdominal thrusts) to a patient who was choking, and administered medications, and changed dressings, and flushed wounds, etcetera. All of that and more, in my own personal opinion means more to me, than the didactic portion of a program. Yes of course, knowing the books is crucial, I will not argue that. I just think that cramming A&P into someone in a month with 3-4 tests a week, and expecting them to absorb and retain it, is unrealistic. A&P normally takes a full semester. It really should have been a prerequisite. The reason why I thought it would be a "piece of cake" is because of all the experience I have and the fact that I am intelligent and competent. I graduated from a University, did well enough of the TEAS V to be 1 of 60 people accepted into the program out of over 500 applicants. Anyway, the what, why's and how's of me no longer attending nursing school are neither here nor there at this point. Forgive me if I come across as defensive. It just seemed as though there was some assumption that nursing is all new to me, or that I had unrealistic expectations or goals. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my post. ~J

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    thanks so much for the reply! I worked in mental health for 4 years while getting my bachelors in psych and I really wanted to use my nursing license to get into corrections, but there are other ways to do that, so it's just a matter of finding the right path to get to where I want to be.

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    So myself and several other students were kicked out of the LVN program at Grossmont Health Occupations center. It was very surreal. I myself am somewhat relieved. When I went to the orientation I had a bad feeling and felt like it wasn't for me, and almost withdrew from the program. But I didn't want to have wasted the entire year I spent down in Southern California waiting for it to start. A month into it, we finished A&P and I had a 71%. Was called into the directors office and told that I was being let go for not maintaining a 75%. The previous day we found out that the A&P final was not going to count toward our grade, so there was no way to bring it up. That was a big shock, and not written in the syllabus. I didn't even argue with it. I was relieved to be free. I have hated every moment I have spent down in SoCal and the app on my phone said 475 days til graduation, just made me want to cry every time I looked at it. On top of that, working two graveyard jobs, emotional stress from being in a near fatal car accident and hiding my injuries from the school, physical therapy twice a week, lack of motivation, etc. No excuses. Excuses are for losers. But I finally felt a big weight lifted. I got into the program thinking it was going to be a piece of cake, and boy was I wrong. Clinicals was great! I was absolutely amazing with the patients and right at home in the facility we went to, but lacked with pushing papers in the classroom. It's just not for me. I love patient care, and still very much want to be a part of it, but I'm not sure in what capacity anymore. Those of us who got booted, have the opportunity to come back with the next class, but I don't think I want to. If I'm going to put in a ton of effort to hit the books, then I may as well be studying for the GRE and go for my master's. I do have a bachelor's degree in psychology sitting around collecting dust. It may be high time to use it. Will I ever get back into nursing? Who knows.

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    Thank you for this post. It really helped to reaffirm my thoughts about nursing. I've been a CNA for 5 years and I'm starting an LVN program next month. I currently work in a hospital and all the RN's I talk to are miserable, yet they encourage me to go for my RN because of the pay. I'm the type of person who would much rather be poor and happy, than rich and miserable.

    I think home health would be great because it's so hands on which I love. However, my ideal place to work would be in corrections. I always see openings for both of those areas, so I'm not worried about finding work.

    At this point I have no desire of becoming an RN, yet, that may change in the future. The great thing about education is that, it's never too late to go back to school.

    Good luck to you with pursuing your LPN. I hope it brings you great happiness!

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    In 2010, almost immediately upon sitting down, a palm reader named Carol at Venice Beach, CA told me that I was going to be a nurse. I jumped out of my chair. (She had no idea that I had been a caregiver for 4 years, then a CNA for 3 years and my mother is an LVN, and I had just dropped my RN prerequisites!) After that I made it my goal to become a nurse by age 30. I applied to 3 LVN programs. The first being WestMed college in Northern California. The program was 12mos $27k, cash or Sallie Mae only. It didn't feel right. The second school was Preferred College of Nursing in Los Angeles. 12mos FT or 18mos PT $22k. I qualified for $17k federal student loans and $5k in monthly payments. I moved so SoCal before realizing the school wasn't WASC accredited. Sooo, my mother told me about Grossmont Adult School in Santee, CA, which is WASC accredited and has a tuition of only $2,900!!! I applied Dec 2012 and just got my official acceptance letter! The program starts in August and is 3 semesters not including summer so graduation will be Dec 2013. I'll be 30 years old! I am so very excited. I had a plan, and seeing it come together is truly amazing. Good luck to you all and don't give up!!!



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