!!!Please help!!!! lincoln tech orientation for new students - page 2

Hello Everyone! I have some questions about Lincoln Tech in Paramus,NJ. I start 9/28 full time. Of course I am super excited!! :D Super anxious too!!! :lol2: Here are my questions for people that have already attended or... Read More

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    Hi. My name is Lori. You're very welcome!!! I wish someone had responded to me lol!!
    There is a big variety of students. Some, well most are wait listed, some have no experience at all and come from different back rounds like yourself,some like us have experience and want to keep going. It is for our benefit in a way because we know some classes like A&P and it will be a breeze. For me, it was the most difficult class so I am paying close attention and taking lots of notes and making tons of cards!
    I am sort of in the same boat as you. I got help from unemployment but I fought! Take a look at my other posts lol. I just turned 30 and the dead end jobs as an MA were not getting me anywhere. I want more! I wanted to be a nurse for a very long time, but was afraid to do it, or was worried about doing this while working. I also will never get this chance again to focus fully on this program. I am sorry to hear you didn't make it through med surg, but you are giving yourself another chance!
    I am also sorry to hear about your sick parents. I took care or my grandmother when she was sick with Dementia and Alzheimers. I am worried about that clinical because nursing homes are really hard for me to deal with emotionally. But I know that I will have some help from other students and our clinical professor getting through it. The hardest thing for me to learn how to do is to not get emotionally attached to patients. But I guess it will get easier as it goes on...

    I know the stress you feel about being prepared too. I felt the same way! I am and have to be very organized! I made a print out list of things I will need. It helps when you go and get everything. I bought the 300 pack of the big cards at Staples for 7 bucks...I suggest different notebooks for every class. I started out with the five star flex. I really like it because it is like a binder too and customizable. They are a little pricey but worth it to me! I bought a big binder and dividers for handouts that we won't need later on but I keep it at home. Also buy some folders for each class too. I do have a post here about the supplies. http://allnurses.com/pre-nursing-stu...pn-598677.html That list is pretty much what you will need. I suggest getting the basic stuff for first quarter first...especially if you are on a budget like me! Coupons are very important. I know post it site has some coupons listed and they saved me a lot of money! Staples has coupons as well so sign up for the email list! I also have my own scope...but they are provided to us when we do our practice clinical in school. If you can get that brand def do it! It's the best kind! I think getting a sep bag for clinical is a great idea!! I am def going to do that...I didn't even think of it, actually!

    As for the white sneakers, I am wearing them in class and might get a sep pair for clinical. I would rather just wear what is expected of us then make a mistake and get docked for it. One girl was wearing RED sneakers...I dont understand how hard it is to follow directions lol. But I am not there to worry about others...No specific brand for the white long sleeved shirts...any will do. Target has them and so does Old Navy. I am guessing for clinical we have to wear our hair up...but in school you can wear it any way you want to.
    I took CPR already. It was quick and easy. I did not do my malpractice thingy yet but I guess you can just mail it in or give it to your advisor..We just need everything like that done before first clinical.
    Orientation is a little rough bc we are being given so much info. On day 2 pay attention to the schedule of classes they give you. It is all broken down for us. I wanted mine to be earlier too, but they have it set up so that your class is together and you can meet your classmates too. Our group was split up bc there was so many of us. I like my teacher a lot for A&P and med term, and the teacher for professional awareness is very nice too! There are a lot of tests! At least one a week. So def keep on top of all assignments and reading. Time management is a must! It was hard for me in the beginning, and this was not my first full week. This coming week will be. By day 3 I felt more comfortable with everything. If you get overwhelmed like me, I suggest making a list on the weekend of goals that you want to complete. When I crossed off that first goal it felt really good!!! I listen to music with no words in the back round...it kinda helps me focus better.
    That is a good idea to get the books debinded...but I would rather have the whole book in front of me. The rolling backpack is great! You can always keeps stuff in your car that you don't need too. One girl ripped out the pages and used a hole punch and binder. Too many loose pages make me overwhelmed...so it depends on what you would want to do for that. I don't see why they would say you can't debind them. They are ours. One student was nice enough to leave her book in the library for us to copy her study guides.
    We only take A&P the 1st quarter. But it is a combo..Med Term is included with this class too. But we get the book for that and this really good flashcard notebook thing. I was actually going to purchase it myself. I am glad I didn't!
    School attendance is no joke either! If you accumulate 5 minutes a day of being late, it adds up and the teachers know! If you have an emergency goin on let the teachers know first thing. I don't even look at my cellphone and it is on silent all day. I get distracted easily. Save all your days that you can have off for sickness or emergencies or if you can't make it in for whatever reason...I think we only get like 35 days...There is no place for us to store our lunches because there are too many of us. I did not get myself a lunch bag yet, but I am planning on it. Our lunch is from 12-12:30 and we have been getting out at 11:30 but I suggest bringing your own,especially if you dont get out early. By the time you get down to the mall and wait on the line, it is like 12:15 or later not leaving you much time to eat. You are going to Paramus right?
    If you are, there is whole foods which is temping bc the food is delish! But it is costly if you do it everyday. I got a soup and salad and it was 12 bucks without a drink! You can get 2 bags of spinich for a lot less lol. We get a discount at Subway, but that is all I know of...There is hangers in class for our jackets, but I do not know of anything else.

    Again, if you have any other questions, please message me or answer me on here. I am here to help you and other people too that probably have the same questiions. You did not overwhelm me at all because I know how you feel!
    Good Luck with getting everything this weekend!!
    Talk to you soon!
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    Oh yea and Yes there is a microwave for us in the student caf...kinda wish it was bigger though...bc theres no where else to eat if you cant find a seat. They are very strict about eating and drinking in class too. You will get into trouble if they spot you even a water bottle isn't allowed! So keep it in your bag lol.
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    Hi ! How was your weekend ? I did go shopping and got some supplies. I also got my long sleeve T-shirts at Old Navy ! I went to two Walmarts and neither had the "rolly backbacks " I will continue to search , if worse comes to worse I will go online .
    So you also had help with funding from unemployment ? That's great . Every penny helps !!! Thanks for all the great tips . Oh Yeah I def searchhigh and low for bargains. my dollar store has many great items like sharpie markers, highlighters &POst Its . ( the real brand name , I was shocked ) I know exactly how you feel . I am a very emotional person . I cry on many commercials . My son laughs at me . But spending so much time in a nursing home now;I know now on the kind of nurse I want to be . A caring one , who loves her patients . I have seen so much BS and how some patients are treated . I want to make a difference.

    OMG red sneakers . That is funny . That is great you got to copy another students study guide . ( wow I wish someone allows me to copy one ) I have taken many CPR classes in the past . So this will be a breeze for me . Hey maybe we can get a chance to meet on Friday .

    I might take a ride one day this wk to the Nike outlet in the mall and see for sneakers . I just spent so much $$ in this store for my son's two pair of sneakers for school . If it wasn't for clinicals and needing that comfy support all day . I would go to Payless and get a cheapie pair of sneakers. I have sneakers here that are kinda new but not all white . UGH...

    Wow 30min for lunch . Just enough time to heat it up and swallow .. LOL !! I plan to pack a lunch everyday . Do not have that kinda $$ to buy lunch daily.I already started planning ideas for dinner for at least 4nights while I amin school. Fridays nights can be Pizza night or something . After a long week . How crazy am I planning so far in advance, but I have always been like this . I know as a single mom I will not have this kinda time then.

    Well talk you soon .. Take care and Good Luck !
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    Hello! So sorry I have not responded. It has been pretty busy since I started school. I hope you are doing good in preparing yourself. It is great to hear that you want to to be a nurse that cares and loves your patients. It really is so important. I have seen a lot of crappy nurses for myself and it really makes you wonder what they are doing there. When you think of a nurse, you think of someone that cares and is nurturing. That is what everyone is looking for in us! Helloooo! LOL. Some nurses do everything by the book and don't stop and think if it is right for that individual. Its crazy!

    The sneakers I bought are awesome! I got them at Sketchers. They were on sale for $30. They have an arch going on there and are really great! Any white sneaker will do....just as long you are comfy!
    Since I started, I have come to realize that I need to relearn how to learn and study. It sounds weird,but it is true! There is a lot of info we do in a day and it goes fast. I thought that just reading would do the trick, but that is not the case. I have found that looking at videos on youtube has been a huge help for me! A&P is really hard! I thought I would be alright, but it has been quite a struggle. I think this week coming up I will do a lot better after figuring out what works best for me. So I am not telling you or anyone reading this post to scare anyone off from LTI. It is a great school. You just need to realize that you get what you put in. If you don't go and ask your instructor for help or show up for tutoring, it really will reflect on your grades if you are having trouble. Making sure you and your instructor have an understanding of your individual needs is very important. I wish I knew about the learning block that I would hit when I first started. But my advice is go onto google and look up learning style quizzes. Take a few and see what the result is. It will help you in the long run. For me seeing things is how I learn. Reading a book does not help me. I go onto Youtube and look up the topic. You would be amazed at all the things posted on there!! Especially for A&P. There is a great link on there that has someone dissecting and explaining the functions and you see it because the organ is there.
    I hope I have been more of a help to you too. I might not answer right away, but I will answer you! = )
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    I've been considering on attending LTI since I have passed the teas exam, but is it worth the fact that I'll be travelling about 1.5 hours from jersey since I don't have a car I have to take a bus? I have failed the teas exam at Eastwick and I don't want to wait another 30 days to take another exam since I wouldn't know if I will pass it. I called a Metropolitan, which is near my house but they do not when the next class begins and same thing as Mildred Elley. I don't want to wait anymore, I've waited long enough. The only option I have now is LTI. Although the tuition fee is $28k and the transportation is about 1.5 hours, at this moment that's my only option. Please help.
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    Hello. I will PM you. I don't want to say anything on here for the public to see. But I did not stay at LTI and wasted that $ and now I am elsewhere. The teachers and director at Paramus are really wonderful. The program is hard as any other nursing program is. I tried to keep pushing but once I did not make it past quarter 2, I was not investing my money or time further. That is only my opinion of this program personally. Some people do great, but unfortunately I did not. I will PM you in a minute.
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    hi thank you. I am not permitted to pm yet since I just started posting and don't have much posts yet.

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