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Hello everyone I start my LPN course in January and I was wondering if you guys had any tips, or any suggestions on what I should start looking over now , or what I should invest in to a jump start? All suggestions are appreciated, thank you all!

ZooMommyRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, ER, Peds ER-CPEN. Has 13 years experience.

Get a good NCLEX-PN study guide that is broken down by systems to use in conjuction with your lectures and tests as a study guide.

Hey I've been looking at Saunders and Kaplan NCLEX-PN but I have no clue which is better. Have you heard any about either of them?

cna_2_nurse, LPN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

Thanks for your response on my discussion also. My biggest tip to you is to lose your CNA mind frame. What I mean by this is, continue being a great CNA but weed out the "short cuts" we all have learned. This has affected me the most especially during fundamentals. During your first semester your instructor wants you to start thinking like a nurse, not a CNA. Also, my favorite book so far have been the Pharmacology for Dummies which I purchased on Amazon for around 8 bucks (I think). No matter what don't give up and keep pushing, you'll make it. Keep me updated on your progress.

ZooMommyRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, ER, Peds ER-CPEN. Has 13 years experience.

Kaplan vs Saunders is more of a personal preference, I used Saunders and found it was nearly identical in format and difficulty to the NCLEX but that was also 6+ yrs ago

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

recommend you do what you can to get your life in order as you will not have time later. Make sure friends and family know you will NOT be accessible as frequently as you are now. Put meals in freezer. Make sure coat fits. Get comfortable shoes. Create work/study space. Threaten bodily harm (just kidding) if someone interferes with your space. The idea is to plan ahead. Good luck!

Thanks for your response on my discussion also. My biggest tip to you is to lose your CNA mind frame. What I mean by this is, continue being a great CNA but weed out the "short cuts" we all have learned. This has affected me the most especially during fundamentals. During your first semester your instructor wants you to start thinking like a nurse, not a CNA. Also, my favorite book so far have been the Pharmacology for Dummies which I purchased on Amazon for around 8 bucks (I think). No matter what don't give up and keep pushing, you'll make it. Keep me updated on your progress.

Thank you I will look into the pharmacology book. I have started learning some of the popular drugs just to have a few under my belt before school starts.

Kaplan vs Saunders is more of a personal preference, I used Saunders and found it was nearly identical in format and difficulty to the NCLEX but that was also 6+ yrs ago

Ok thank you I heard plenty of good things about Saunders. Im going to purchase that one.

recommend you do what you can to get your life in order as you will not have time later. Make sure friends and family know you will NOT be accessible as frequently as you are now. Put meals in freezer. Make sure coat fits. Get comfortable shoes. Create work/study space. Threaten bodily harm (just kidding) if someone interferes with your space. The idea is to plan ahead. Good luck!

Lol will do for sure! Thanks(: