Attention All LVN/LPN Students!

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CaliLVN-RN

53 Posts

Sorry I just barely logged on as I've been studying this whole week and working :up: Anyway, I did glance at some of the questions and I hope that I answer them all. If I don't then you can send me a private message as that will probably be easier. Anyway balancing kids, school, work is very hard. I worked NOC shift as a CNA and only worked Thursday-Saturday. I went to school Mon-Thurs. I had no social life other than attending my kids activities when I could. That would require me to take a lawn chair and snooze at baseball/softball games . I would take my study materials to work and study there during my breaks or when I had some down time. The one thing I will tell you is to start making your medication flash cards now!!!!! I know we have programs in our ph0ones but having the flash cards does help and most nursing schools require you to make them. What I did was I used a template and I printed them out (used return labels) and then I would stick them to index cards. In them I included: Name of drug, OTC or Rx, Classfication, Uses, side/adverse effects, (always use n/v but also add airway, breathing, circulation side effects as part of your side/adverse effects if they have any included in their side effects) contraindications. If you have a hard copy of a drug book look and see if they have a list of commonly most used drugs. You can start that for your list of drugs, and as you see medications that you don't know then you can add them to your list and build up a medication bank. You keep adding to your list as you advance through nursing school. Believe me, this does help and once you get to pharmacology all you have to do is pull out your drug cards while everyone is wasting time building their medication bank.

rrms

18 Posts

Sorry I just barely logged on as I've been studying this whole week and working :up: Anyway, I did glance at some of the questions and I hope that I answer them all. If I don't then you can send me a private message as that will probably be easier. Anyway balancing kids, school, work is very hard. I worked NOC shift as a CNA and only worked Thursday-Saturday. I went to school Mon-Thurs. I had no social life other than attending my kids activities when I could. That would require me to take a lawn chair and snooze at baseball/softball games . I would take my study materials to work and study there during my breaks or when I had some down time. The one thing I will tell you is to start making your medication flash cards now!!!!! I know we have programs in our ph0ones but having the flash cards does help and most nursing schools require you to make them. What I did was I used a template and I printed them out (used return labels) and then I would stick them to index cards. In them I included: Name of drug, OTC or Rx, Classfication, Uses, side/adverse effects, (always use n/v but also add airway, breathing, circulation side effects as part of your side/adverse effects if they have any included in their side effects) contraindications. If you have a hard copy of a drug book look and see if they have a list of commonly most used drugs. You can start that for your list of drugs, and as you see medications that you don't know then you can add them to your list and build up a medication bank. You keep adding to your list as you advance through nursing school. Believe me, this does help and once you get to pharmacology all you have to do is pull out your drug cards while everyone is wasting time building their medication bank.

omg, thank you so much for this! I have been freaking out about school. I start next week. eeek! do you have cram.com? quizlet.com? or any of that websites? also, do I need to know ALL drugs? lol. this scares me. I can't send messages yet :( can you please pm me or e-mail me rea.r@me.com :) thank you thank you thank youuuu!!

Red Kryptonite

2,212 Posts

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience.

Great tip, thank you! I'm going to make those cards before I start too!

JustLikeYou87

54 Posts

Has 1 years experience.

That's what it's all about! Some receive their license and never look back. Always reach back and help those who are starting out.

futureLVN40

71 Posts

I'm very nervous about going to Nursing school (LVN) as I have 6 kids ages 6,7,11,12,13, and 18. Also, I am already 36 years old. I hope to work part time as a CNA while going to school too. I graduate from my CNA class on December 11th and take my State test on December 14th. I'm soo nervous!! I was given the Pharm Phlash flashcard set for Pharmacology has anyone used these before?

fisher.denise9

15 Posts

Thanks you so much. I'll be starting LPN school in January. I know it will be overwhelming since I am working full time at a Nursing home as a CNA now. But any advice on study tips? Thanks

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Callowayz

41 Posts

Hello everyone! I live in Atlanta and I start the second week of January. Yay! Married with 3 children ages 11,7,and 3. Nervous but excited. Let's all try to keep in touch. TTYL

Nursing pursuit

301 Posts

I sent you a friend request. I always like help :)

Hello and Welcome. Im starting on 12/22 Im tying up the loose ends now for my deadline on the 12th. Ill be adding you as well!

CaliLVN-RN

53 Posts

As far as knowing all the drugs YES! the drugs that you go over in class and also the ones that you come across in nursing school. I wish someone would have told me to do that before I started school. That would have saved me countless hours of flash card making. It's impossible to know every single drug out there.

Callowayz

41 Posts

How do u send a friend request?

Candyred

74 Posts

Thanks for making yourself available to answer our questions. My question is you mentioned starting your med cards but is there a place to obtain a list of drugs I may need to know?