Lehigh Valley...still get positions with ADN? - page 2

by MRN717

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I know this forum is for current PA nurses, but I thought this would also be the ideal forum to ask this question. If it needs to be moved so be it. I am an early 30's student who was just accepted into both LCCC's ADN program... Read More


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    Quote from terra105

    fireball 78 and ashelyisawesome...can you please give me info on your experiences with either program?

    Thanks!!
    Terra105,

    You should pat yourself on the back for getting accepted into nursing school, 2 programs at that!!! Congratulations

    LCCC's program is very difficult. They prepare students very well for passing NCLEX. IMHO, real nursing takes place on the job after schooling is complete. LCCC instructors provide additional support if you need it. I was a mess during school because of my low self-esteem, but I asked for help when I needed it and I rose up to the challenge --sink or swim.

    If you choose LCCC's program, you could be completing clinicals at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest, St. Lukes Bethlehem and Allentown campus', Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, and Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten Hospital. I like LCCC's program because even though there is not an additional medication administration class, they go through medications every semester in each lecture they give. The instructors of the program are very strict. If they deem you as unsafe, they will either provide remediation after hours or fail you from clinical and the program. If you fail clinical they are not likely to take you back into the program. If you fail a class, you can reapply and come back the next year. You can only repeat one class though.

    The instructors are tough, very tough, but they are human too and they are just trying to put competent, assertive nurses out into the world. They do a great job and I have high respect for most of the instructors. (They won't admit this, but they do curve the grades! They have to or 40-50% of the class would have failed out each semester which wouldn't look good for their program. The 1st year is the toughest, specifically 2nd semester - med/surg nursing)

    Nursing school is definitely not a party! Get ready for long nights, lots of paper writing, and lots of studying the next 2 years. If you're like me, there will also be plenty of crying and 'curled-up-in-fetal-position' moments. The journey is all worth it though in the end.

    Good luck in your decision and congratulations!!! If you have any more questions let me know.
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    Fireball78,

    Thank you so much for your reply. I am pretty sure that I will be attending LCCC. I did a lot of research and I think it is the best school for me (cost-wise, NCLEX pass rates). I was wondering if you were able to work while attending LCCC's program. I currently work 24 hours per week (three 3-11) shifts. Since I already took all of my non-nursing classes (AP, chem, stats, etc.), I will only have to take my ADN classes. I was just wondering if I will be able to do well even though I work part time.

    Also, where did most of your fellow nursing graduates end up getting jobs at? I heard that LVHN is mostly hiring nurses who have BSN's. Eventually, I will go back to get my BSN, but since this is my second time around (I already have my bachelor's in something else), I wanted to do it the cheapest and fastest way possible.

    Thank you again for your helpful response!

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    Terra105,

    Can you please provide me with your email address? I will answer all of your questions and give you some more info about LCCC's program and tell you the best way to get a job at LVHN. Then you will also have my email address and can email any questions you have as you go through the program. A friend of mine went through the program a year ahead of me and I can't tell you how much that helped get me through!!

    As for working, I worked 16hrs/week for the first year and a half and 8hrs/week for part of the last semester. The 4th semester has 3 nursing classes and is very homework & test heavy. I know myself and I wanted to spend as much time as possible focusing on nursing school. If you are good at prioritizing and setting aside time each day to do school work then you will be fine.
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    Fireball 78,

    I started LCCC's ADN program on August 20th. I will be starting my third week this week. Week one was a little overwhelming and people have already dropped out. Per your request, my email address is terra105@hotmail.com. Please email me with any information that you think will help me out. Our first exam is coming up on September 17th and they really didn't go into detail as to what will be on it. They just said to review everything from the beginning of the semester up until that date...pretty vague if you ask me. I'm hoping these next two years will fly by fast. I am also very intersted in hearing about LVHN's graduate nurse program. I look forward to hearing from you!
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    Does anyone know what the lowest score on the ATI will be considered for the RN program at LCCC hoping to get in and start in the summer ADN-173
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    Quote from Skuku1299
    Does anyone know what the lowest score on the ATI will be considered for the RN program at LCCC hoping to get in and start in the summer ADN-173
    Hi Skuku1299,

    I honestly don't know, but LCCC will also never share that information. They are very secretive about how they determine who gets into the program and who doesn't, there appears to be no rhyme or reason. I didn't have the best ATI score myself and was shocked to get in, especially hearing about other students who had better ATI score, higher GPA, and CNA experience and they were rejected.
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    Quote from Skuku1299
    Does anyone know what the lowest score on the ATI will be considered for the RN program at LCCC hoping to get in and start in the summer ADN-173
    I am currently in LCCC's ADN program. I got a 74 on the ATI and they were happy with that. If I remember correctly, they like the scores to be a 68 and above.
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    Quote from Skuku1299
    Does anyone know what the lowest score on the ATI will be considered for the RN program at LCCC hoping to get in and start in the summer ADN-173
    Oops! I thought you meant the ATI TEAS test (the entrance exam). For the semester ATI tests, you will need a 68 or above on all ATI and even higher than that on the comprehensive exam at the end of 4th semester. They let you take all the exams over again if you fail, you just don't get any bonus points if you don't pass it the first time.
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    Quote from terra105
    Fireball 78,

    I started LCCC's ADN program on August 20th. I will be starting my third week this week. Week one was a little overwhelming and people have already dropped out. Per your request, my email address is terra105@hotmail.com. Please email me with any information that you think will help me out. Our first exam is coming up on September 17th and they really didn't go into detail as to what will be on it. They just said to review everything from the beginning of the semester up until that date...pretty vague if you ask me. I'm hoping these next two years will fly by fast. I am also very intersted in hearing about LVHN's graduate nurse program. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Terra105, I responded twice to the personal message you sent me and my response won't go through. Maybe you reached your 25 message limit?


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