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I start Nursing School Next Week!!!!

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by dschueler dschueler (Member)

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Well,

I am starting my LVN classes next Monday the 18th!! I am a little nervous as I have not been in nursing school for over 12 years. ( I had to quit when we moved to Germany and the RN program was frozen).

I have had some problems with my bile duct since I had WLS in Aug 05, and plastics to take care of the excess skin, and also had an ERCP last October which opened up my bile duct, but it is clogged again. I went to the liver specialist/bile duct specialist again today and we are going to try Actigall to hopefully get rid of the bile stones. We are praying the medication will stop the bile stones from forming.

Well, the school has been wonderful and told me not to worry, that they would work with me on my doctor's appts, and hopefully we won't have to worry with surgery, and if I have to drop out for a bit, I can pick back up the next class in October, but they really were wonderful in encouraging me to start next week instead of October. Clinicals won't start until Fall anyway....so I am very pleased they are working with me.

Any suggestions for an old chick going back to school??

I will be 41 on the 13th, and I for the first time ever feel 30!! So, why not, I am going younger, not older!!

:)

Thanks for all the support on here. The LVN board has been a blessing. I have to say other areas on this website have really been discouraging and the people have been "well, quite rude" and crude!! I was in tears one day from a nasty comment from an irritable moderator who had no right butting her nose in to a personal post, that was not her place. The admin at least stuck up for me, and set her straight.

I had thought what a bloody mess this website is, instead of a refuge of sorts for nurses, students, etc...where we can come and vent and get advice....a safe place/safe haven, it turned out to be a place that I thought if this is how nurses really are, I don't want to be one, or a part of this website.

I have decided to just stick out over here, on the LVN side, where most of the people seem to really care. Its sad to say that about the RN side, and I never thought there was a "we-they" thing, but there most certainly is.

Anyway, I hope to get great bits of advice and I look forward to school next week, and hopefully everyone here will be able to give me some sort of advice for returning to school :)

Blessings to you all,

Deborah

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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Good luck with school, and I will hope that your health remains intact for a very long time! ;)

I can relate to your feelings about some of the RN forums being extremely unsupportive and, sometimes, downright acrimonious. There seems to be a one-upmanship battle with some RNs regarding educational attainment, credentials, initials behind the name, and who's the better critical thinker. However, only a small minority of the RNs on this site make those statements.

I still resent being told that I do not know the reasoning behind a procedure that I am carrying out.

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I hear you Commuter!!! I love House, and I usually come up with the diagnosis waay before they do, or at the least I know what tests to order for. I used to work in Microbiology for 3 yrs as a med tech. My surgeon today was ordering tests, and I was able to tell him other ones to add on, and he said, "Heck, you should write the order, you know more about the lab than I do!"

I just am so thankful I will now have use for all this "useless medical knowledge that has been floating around my brain for the past 15 years!"

haha

Thanks!!! :)

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any suggestions for an old chick going back to school??

i started college at 33, and now i'm 35.( i never attended before) for a while , it bothered me because i was the senior in a lot of my classes. :uhoh3: i felt a lot better when i took more classes and they were filled with various age groups. if you get organized, it will help you a lot.

i have decided to just stick out over here, on the lvn side, where most of the people seem to really care. its sad to say that about the rn side, and i never thought there was a "we-they" thing, but there most certainly is.

i was wondering where i should go on this board. i will be going to lpn school in a few weeks. i have noticed a big division between lpns and rns. i am still upset because i was not accepted at my local college for the rn program. i have a 3.7 gpa and got a score on my net that was in the acceptable range, but not high enough i guess. i had applied to the technical school also and got in. (130 applied/30 got in) i just want to be a nurse.

although i still want to advance, i am excited that i will be starting school soon. i found out that i will have more clinical hours than if i would have been accepted in the other course. another plus is that at the end of the year, i will be a nurse.:monkeydance:

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[color=#556b2f]good luck to you. perhaps we can network and get through this together.

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in a way i envy you, starting school next week. i start lpn school in 7 weeks. i'm 48 & haven't been inside a classroom for 30 some years. so i think i can relate. i'm excited & anxious at the same time.

best of luck to you on your first day/first week & beyond. you'll have to keep the rest of us posted on how it goes. (that is if you have any time to spare) hehe hope all goes well!!!

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UPDATE...

I wanted to say thanks to all of you had prayed and asked about my mom.

She had her Femoral Arterial bypass yesterday in her left leg, and did wonderful! She was in ICU for less than 24 hrs, and other than her back really hurting her from having to lay flat for 2 days, she is really doing well. She is going to go home on Friday, and my son who is 21 is flying home to take care of her ;) He is getting his BSN.

I am still having major problems with my clogged Bile Duct, and have been in tons of pain for the past 2 days, and I am on Actigall, its not working ( gallbladder out in 94) so I am trying to avoid having a PTC done, because I would have to wear that like a drain for 4 weeks!!! Then they are talking about doing another ERCP, except I have to have it done laproscopically because of the gastric bypass, no E tubes. So, then if the ERCP doesn't work again due to the scar tissue, they are talking about just sewing my bile duct directly to my duodenum, however, the doc wants me to see a liver specialist at UCLA before we jump into surgery again.

So, I had to postpone nursing school to start with the next class in October. I hated doing it, but better to do that now, then to have to drop out and hang back until October, when someone else can have my spot....I would have felt bad if someone couldn't get in because they are full, and now that will allow someone else my spot. They are holding my spot for October, and hopefully I can get all my stuff taken care of.

I know its the right thing to do right now. I just have been sooo sick the past few days, nauseated, RUQ pain. I did go yesterday to my first class, and did wonderfully. I loved my instructor and she said I would do great, so I am not worried about the material....just getting well enough so I can go and be a part of it so I can graduate!

Thanks for allowing me to share here, it was easier than emailing many separate emails :)

Deb.

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pagandeva2000 is a LPN and specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

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Well, be patient with yourself. It can be overwhelming being an adult with life experiences still being a monkey on your back. You still will have bills to pay, children to raise and health issues, but, you have experienced school before and that study mode should kick back in nicely.

I do post on the other boards here at allnurses, but I tend to stick close to the LPN forum myself, primarily because I am a PROUD LPN. I want to interact with my own and learn my own scope of practice. I have met RNs that have respected LPNs, and those are the ones that I stick close to. You are welcome here anytime, and I wish you the very best of luck!! Keep us posted, please!

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Well, be patient with yourself. It can be overwhelming being an adult with life experiences still being a monkey on your back. You still will have bills to pay, children to raise and health issues, but, you have experienced school before and that study mode should kick back in nicely.

I do post on the other boards here at allnurses, but I tend to stick close to the LPN forum myself, primarily because I am a PROUD LPN. I want to interact with my own and learn my own scope of practice. I have met RNs that have respected LPNs, and those are the ones that I stick close to. You are welcome here anytime, and I wish you the very best of luck!! Keep us posted, please!

THANKS for your thoughts and response!! :)

I have just felt awful the past 2 days, so I know it was the right decision to just hold back until the next class in October. That makes more sense to get this bile duct straightened out so I can concentrate and study and pass.

:)

Maybe I will take a few online classes for my pre-reqs that I have ignored for the past few years, algebra!! YUCK and Micro, so I can have those out of the way to do the LVN to BSN thing with Indiana State.

Does anyone on here do the Indiana State thing? Just curious how it is going with them :)

Thanks again!!

I will get it done, just will take a few months longer, oh well :)

Deb

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Hi Deb,

Sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time. I hope you feel better and get all of your medical issues resolved asap. Good luck with the program in October.

Noel

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Hi Deb,

Sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time. I hope you feel better and get all of your medical issues resolved asap. Good luck with the program in October.

Noel

Thanks so much Noel, me too!!!!!!!! I soooo badly wanted to not stay back a class, but so what, right? Its just 4 months, and that will mean a lot to me. I just wanted to be done in time to start the RN program with them as well.

I was doing well too just for the first day, medical terminology, and that was awesome easy!!

Blessings to you, and thanks again for the well wishes ;)

Deb

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