Attention All LVN/LPN Students!

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CaliLVN-RN

53 Posts

You will get a list of drugs while in nursing school. But you can get a head start by purchasing a hard copy of a drug book and looking for a list of the most commonly used drugs. My drug book was Mosbys and it had a list inside. You can also do a search on the most commonly used drugs and you will find it. Start your list and add drugs as you come across them trust me this will help you save countless hours of flash card making and you can use the time your saving studying for exams. I still have most of my drug cards.

PatientPassion

40 Posts

I would personally tell you to get a pharm/med app on your phone. It MIGHT help with your pharm 1&2 classes, but it was a LIFESAVER for clinicals. A book is cool if you happen to have a teacher which is adamant about not using your phone during clinicals, but all of my teachers let us use our phones before we passed meds in the morning. For pharm, get familiar with actions, side effects/adverse reactions, contrraindications... Floroquinones, cephalosporins, NSAIDS, etc. Digoxin is a big med to remember. Isoniazid. Furosemide also appeared for 3 questions on my nclex. There are bunches really. "Digoxin is a toxin at 2.5" is how I recalled the toxicity level.

CaliLVN-RN

53 Posts

We weren't allowed to use anything on our phones for clinicals. They had us learn them the old fashioned way. We had to memorize them. It's time consuming but definitely worth it. I also recommend getting medscape on your phone because it's simple to use and it's pretty easy to understand.

Candyred

74 Posts

Thanks for all the advice. I'm hoping to attend ECPI Raleigh in Jan. I've read mostly all of your post about your experience. I must admit that I got a little scared when you mention how many people graduated from your original class vs how many you started with. Have you found a job as an LPN yet???

Candyred

74 Posts

@Calilvn-RN Once I know for sure that I'm in the program I'm definitely going to take your advise and start my drug cards. Thanks for the information.

PatientPassion

40 Posts

Dont let my experience scare you... If you really want it, go get it!! Like I say in a few of my posts, this is not a community college, so its important in this program that you make life work around school, not school working around life. It must come first from start to finish. You must study just about everyday. I just took my nclex last Friday on Dec, 5th so the ncbon has not yet posted my license number in the verification system. I'm pretty much doing online applications and just posting a snapshot of my quick results for right now... received one call that said they will interview me when I have an official license number in the system, so I'm sure I'll find something soon. Expensive and veeeery INTENSIVE, but you're about to get a GREAT EDUCATION! This school teaches lpn's rn material so you WILL absolutely feel nclex ready when you each the end. My entire class passed the nclex in under 100 questions. I wish you the best in the program and please utilize me/this site/youtube for help.

Candyred

74 Posts

@hospitalpassion thanks for your encouragement and congrats on passing the boards. I hope you find a wonderful job that you love. I'm meeting with financial aid tomorrow as well as doing my interview with DON. If everything goes well then hopefully I get accepted. I am so excited about this new journey in my life that failure isn't an option. Like u said I have to want this over everything else and I do. This site has definitely helped with my anxiety about the program. Thanks again and I will be in touch.

futureLVN40

71 Posts

CaliLVN-RN Do you live in Fresno by any chance? I know an LVN named Barbara. Just curious.

CaliLVN-RN

53 Posts

No I live in the Bay Area