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Eastern Suffolk BOCES - LPN

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by smoovLPN smoovLPN (New) New

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I'm accepted in the LPN program at BOCES located in Brentwood, NY. I'm very pleased and excited!! I have a question and a lite story to tell.

Months ago, I decided to take the nursing exam because I wanted a career and, was exhausted in the career I am currently in. I didn't have faith or high hopes thinking I was going to pass the exam but I did! I didn't think they were going to accept me after the interview but they did! I was feeling shaky about being approved for financial aid and I was approved! Now, I'm going to attend this orientation and I just want to know what to expect (as you can read I'm sometimes a nervous wreck lol). The fee is $200, what does this fee pay for?? Uniform, Books, Supplies etc... Is it for more testing like Drug testing, I paid for the background check and passed that of course!!! But just want to know what's next, these types of surprises is shaky for me. Thank You

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Congrats to you! I too will be joining suffolk boces in sept. The fee is just the a fee. That's it. It doesn't pay for anything specifically. You will however have to pay for books before school starts. You will be shelling out roughly $630 for them and will have a summer reading assignment. All of the other "fees" will come later eg uniforms, supplies ect. Hope this helps:)

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Thank you! So, you attended the July orientation? What did they do specific, if you don't mind me asking?

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I ❤️ Nursing has 5 years experience as a LPN.

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Be prepared to shell out a lot more than they tell you. It's never ending!! Find used books if you can. Because you also have to purchase the ATI program for $300...and so much more. Make sure you keep up with all of the work and stidy, I was very fortunate to do very well in the program. But there were a lot of people that failed out, 75 is passing, 74.9 is failing. Mind your hours too, people were dropped due to absences. Also keep in mind that if you are absent (any amount of time, even 5 minutes) you must make it up at the end of the program with an ATI review week that costs another $300. Get on your teachers good side early, even if you don't want to, there is a ton of work that is graded subjectively and if that teacher doesn't like you then forget it. Hmmmm what else can I tell you....orientation is nothing, just a lot of listening to their rules, blah blah blah. Oh and wear comfy shoes because those stairs are a killer everyday!!!! For clinical be prepared to travel, you could end up in south Hampton, I was fortunate to only have to go to riverhead, still not fun but not as bad as Southampton.

Be prepared to work in a nursing and rehabilitation facility when your done or a drs office. So if you have your sights set on a hospital forget lpn and go straight for RN. I'm in a RN program now and if I could do it all over again, I would've skipped the lpn and gone right for RN.

Anyway, I hope this all helps

Good luck!

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Take Kconnor126 advice!! She has never steered me wrong. In addition do yourself a favor and avoid the "clicks" and the drama. There were tons during the ftd and honestly it effected everyone. In level 2 the drama only gets worse. I did well but I studied my but off, I utilized everything I could get my hands on!

Also- yes watch your hrs. After "20" you will be put on "probation" which is honestly a scare tactic, BUT should make you pay attention to your hrs (esp if we have a bad winter- SAVE THOSE HRS!) Boces stayed open at least 2 times, when literally everyone else had closed. Parents were beyond aggravated (they had to send everyone home early, or else they might have been in some serious legal trouble, or at least there reputation would have been completely tarnished.) My car actually did a 180 on the way there that am, another drove into a snow bank, and another girl skid on ice on nichols rd and she almost flipped and ended up spinning. I went home after that because I still had a few more hrs, but everyone almost died getting there and they ended up closing after only opening for an HOUR! However for the students (like me who almost were seriously injured or worse) they "charged" us 6 hrs. I wish I would have fought it, some kid did and ended up getting them taken off, I was way too scared to.

Always make sure your "in uniform". Even if you see another girl isn't following "everything to a T" don't let that influence you! Trust me, they are watching her! Even when they don't say anything. It will be reflected in your grade! If you forget to take out a piercing, and think "whew" thank goodness they didn't notice and quickly take it out, THEY DID notice...you won't realize that though until after you get your clinical grade back. I was fortunate to always get an "A" or better in clinical (especially because I was so "new" and nervous to everything.) However, I did get docked for it and took the really low 90.

In level 2 you will have care plans! DON'T think you can get away without doing them! That was a big thing this year, it eventually caught up to people and they were eventually kicked out. One (poor girl- well it was really her own fault, but I say "poor" because she really was a sweetheart) got kicked out in GERi (The LAST CLASS BEFORE GRADUATION) because she got "caught" doing hers in the bathroom for like 2 hours (which she did apparently a bunch of times.) It sad, but it's def something that could have been totally avoided! Don't be that student.

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I'm Starting in September too. I'm a bit nervous but I've already gotten my books in the mail so I'm happy about that.

The amount of money I had to find upfront was a bit ridiculous My orientation was August 4th so I found it a little unfair to have to find that amount of money in such a short time. If I was living that large, I don't think I'd be pursuing higher education. Fortunately, My family has been very supportive and helpful so far. Thank you all for sharing your experience. It's been very helpful and has answered a few of my questions. I'm looking forward to the experience and I'll be armed with the knowledge I've attained from your experiences. did you guys have study groups?

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