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Does anyone here teach an LPN program?

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QTBabyNurse has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Obstetrics/Case Management/MIS/Quality.

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i am an rn and considering becoming an lpn instructor. does anyone here have any experience doing this and how do you like it? i've only worked in a hospital setting, but i have always been interested in teaching. what do you like/dislike about your job as an instructor? give me some advice to assist me in my decision!

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fgoff has 20 years experience and specializes in ER, Teaching, HH, CM, QC, OB, LTC.

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I taught in a LPN program for about 12 years in VA. Loved it.

Just be sure to review to scope of practice in the state that you are in,for practice guidelines.

What I liked most was I taught everything at this level. Basic skills to advanced skills. OB/Peds to Gero, Med Surg to ICU/ER , Psych to leadership. I really got to see the students grow!

Best of LucK!

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HI,

I am new to LVN teaching. I currenly do the lecture and 2 12hr clinicals, totals part time(get paid part time) but really is full time You have to set the rules and stick by them of else they will do whatever they want.You are like their mother hen to adult kids, have to deal with student politics and staff complaints and writing students up.

i have a good group of students and yes you can see them grow and get better. It is a lot of work though. You have to be prepared if you teaching lecture to put in extra hours and not get paid (i.e at home), and clinical you may not get a lot of breaks even if the students do.

I unfortunately will have to leave soon due to personal reasons, but if i were you go ahead and look to doing clinicals part time and see how you like it before going into full time.

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I just started teaching the LPN program three years ago. I love it! It is the best thing I have ever done. I was a staff nurse and nurse manager as well as a Director of Nursing in long term care. I just love the interaction and almost stress free. It is a small class just me and my good friend as the director. I teach mental health, OB/peds, anatomy/phy, some foundations. I also teach ledership and the IV class. It is different every time. I love the change of pace. We go to several different clinical sites. We started out with 23 students and will graduate 19. Its very exciting. I get great benefits. I would recommend it to everyone that might have an interest. Sally:balloons:

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QTBabyNurse has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Obstetrics/Case Management/MIS/Quality.

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i just started teaching the lpn program three years ago. i love it! it is the best thing i have ever done. i was a staff nurse and nurse manager as well as a director of nursing in long term care. i just love the interaction and almost stress free. it is a small class just me and my good friend as the director. i teach mental health, ob/peds, anatomy/phy, some foundations. i also teach ledership and the iv class. it is different every time. i love the change of pace. we go to several different clinical sites. we started out with 23 students and will graduate 19. its very exciting. i get great benefits. i would recommend it to everyone that might have an interest. sally:balloons:

thank you shull for your information. what preparation did you have prior to teaching? do you have a bsn or master's degree? my experience has been all obstetrics, do you think that will hinder me when i take my students to their clinical sites? i really want to do this badly, but i want to make sure that i'm prepared to do a really good job for these students! any advice would be appreciated! thank you!!

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Hi QT, Where do you live?? You should contact the school that you are interested in teaching at. I went to a technical school to be an LPN 22 years ago and I went back there to apply. I waited 7 years for this position until my instructor retired. I have a BSN, with 20 years of hospital and nursing home experience and I am certified in med/surg nursing. You need an MSN to teach at the college level. I know an instructor for a different LPN program and she only had OB experience and she got the job and has done well for 23 years. It will depend on the program and what they are looking for. I wish you luck, please keep us posted I would like to know what happens. Sally

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nursebrandie28 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care/Teaching.

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Yes, I teach in a LPN program and love it. I eventually want to teach more critically thinking skills in the RN program, but it is a good place to start!!

Good luck!!

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KacyLynnRN has 14 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg.

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Hi, I have not started my instructor position yet (will start 9/18) but I, like you, have 5+ yrs. experience in med/surg nursing. I am going to be an Med/Surg clinical instructor in the LPN program. Can't wait!!

Kacy, RN, BSN

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70sCat has 5 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology, Ortho.

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I taught in an LPN program here and really disliked it. The program itself was chaotic and completely unorganized with clinicals of several areas done before the specific class for that clinical area was taught. I was given a very difficult clinical group (was the 5th nurse/teacher to be given this group and resign in less than a year). 5 out of the 12 in the group were completely off the chain - poor ethics, balked authority at every turn, agressive with hospital staff during clinicals, were caught cheating on tests and plagiarizing papers, etc. Nursing staff received NO support whatsoever. We were told to write the students up and did so, but nothing was ever done by administration, I suppose because the county/technical school wanted to keep the $$ flowing in. They were reported to the Florida Board of Nursing, but I don't know if anything ever came of it.

I finally resigned when one of the students keyed my car and put something nasty in my coffee one day (can't prove it but all the staff, including myself, suggested this gal was probably the one). I gave her a bad grade that morning for plagiarizing a paper. I returned to floor nursing (12-hr shifts) which physically I can no longer do, but what choice did I have? I love caring for patients, but in hindsight I wish I had chosen a different career.

(Off my soapbox now...sorry for the rant!)

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