I graduated Feb 2005. I attended nights and my instructor was Ms. Karen Crider. She was a very good instructor. The whole class was nuts about her, she really cared about her students. She loves to lecture and is strict, but in a....really good kinda way...I would reccommend her to anyone.
The toughest part of the course for me was pharmacology, by all means brush up on your math. I came to school and left with headaches for weeks. If you are a math wiz then you wont have any problems. The first part of the program is when most people do really well, but by the time you get to the middle and end you're exhausted mentally...so you may not feel like studying as much. This course requires a lot of studying...I can remember having to give up many a weekend just to stay in my room and study all day long. Critical thinking is no joke, and that will be the basis of your tests towards the middle and end, because you will be in and out of clinicals. We finished our clinicals at Cedars Hospital, but we also went to; Heartland Health Care Center, Miami Childrens, Jackson Memorial, and Palmetto Subacute.
Because of all the studying I didn't work while I attended, my husband carried the load. However, for those who know that it's their calling all the stress and exhaustion is worth it. I hope your class was better than mine, you will be with most of those classmates for at least a year and around 5 or six months. So, be prepared for whatever...
After graduation, I worked for Heartland for 6 months before moving on to corrections...currently I am doing agency and corrections, but I hope to be back in school next year for my RN. Being an LPN is interesting, but after about a year or so you get tired of being under the RN and you want to become one. If I could have afforded it I would have by passed LPN and went straight to RN.
Nursing is a calling so if you believe that its your calling then you are already prepared for this course. Whom God has called he has equipped. I hope that you will have a great experience!