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NurseLil-Lea,

I just posted some questions I had in hopes that some one would have answers for me. I was looking at some of the answers you had posted on the blog. I am going to be applying for the LPN program at Penn Valley for the fall semester of 2011, 2012. As a young student I am very lucky that I do not have a family to take care of, so I plan on quiting my job and devoting my life for the 12 months of the day program. I am just curious as to how hard it is to get accepted and if there is a waiting list. If you could please just share any and all experiences you had from applying to the very last day of classes. Thank you so much.

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Hi amfloyd,

I be glad to share my experience I had through PV LPN program. I did the night/weekend LPN Program so I did 17 mths of the program and I guess the day program is 12 mths. I worked full time at a regular job and went to nursing school. It was hard work but I did it as a single parent of 1. You will have to take the Hobet test and pass it to get accepted into the program. You will have to know some math ( Percentages, ect..) it was not too bad. You need to be good in English, like reading a paragragh and able answer some questions about it. I don't know if there is a waiting list for the LPN program, it is for the RN program though!! The LPN program was fine, you learn all about what an LPN does and their cope inwhich they work in, no cutting corners like some of the side street schools do. It's been awhile since I been out of school so I can't tell you about all the experiences. But I will give you some!! You go through a lot in the LPN program, you learn so much; you do labs with partners working on manicans, you learn how to start IV's, give meds, do dosage calculations and when your clinicals start, you will need to pass your pharm test to be able to pass meds to patients. I am living out somethings I know but there is just some much coverage. Sounds like you got a good head on your shoulders and you are very devoted. You will do fine in the LPN program. Alot of people including myself, want to get the LPN experience and than think about bridging over to an RN program for 2 more years or you can take and excelerated RN program for 1 year. If you want to gain some experience while in nursing school, a few of my nursing buddies quit there regular jobs and became CNA's to help them through nursing school (It did help). I didn't become a CNA until after nursing school. Once you get 15 or 19 post you will be able to send a Private Message. You can Private Message if you like for more information!!

Hope this helps!!

Thanks,

NurseLil-lea

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NurseLil-lea, Thank you so much. That does help me a a lot. I am currently enrolled in the CNA program and will be taking my state exam for it on Nov. 6th. I just had a few more questions, would I take the Hobet test before applying or will the directors of the program contact you and have you take the test at the school? Is the test just over basic education or does it have some nursing aid questions?

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That is great amfloyd!! Good luck on that test, it will be fairly easy for you coming right out of CNA training. You will need to contact the school to see when they are giving the Hobet test and you just show up on test day. If I am remembering right, you take the test and pass it (at the school), than you go the next steps for enrolling in the program, then if all else goes well, you will receive a letter in the mail letting you know you have been accepted into the program and when it will start!! Yes the test is over basic education, no questions over nursing!!

Hope this info helps :) Good luck to you!!

P.S. There is also a thread on here for CNA's!!

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I am a nurse on the PCU at centerpoint. I would and do frequently reccomend it to anyone. We love new grads,we also get a lot of capstone students who eventually work for us. Are ratios on days ar 3:1 and nocs are 4:1. I have been with Centerpoint since the beginning and worked at Indep Regional before the move. I am a preceptor and team lead there. We have a great team nurse and would love to have you join us.:redpinkhe:yeah: On a side note at Centerpoint we DO NOT take vents or sheaths on our unit. We do take some drips but it always depends on the condition of the pt.

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Hi CardiacRN 79,

Thank you for the info! I like to here from both ppl who have worked there and who currently work there. Currently I'm a rehab nurse at a rehab hospital, and due to a change in circumstances, I'm looking to move to Kansas City. I'm very hopeful that a hospital out there will pick me up! I see that a PCU slot has opened up at indeed, and I'll definitely apply. Would you consider your patient load especially stressful? What kind of orientation is available for new grads or ppl like me who graduated in may, but are looking to switch jobs? Would you say your unit has a high turnover rate? Thank you, again!

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Hi again. The PCU has a low turnover rate,most of my coworkers have been with us since we opened and our recent hires(last two years or so) remain with us. Alot of our staff our also continuing their education. Our orientation for new grads is 12 weeks,experienced nurses get 6-8 weeks,so I think you would probably fall in the middle(about 8-10 weeks.) We also would send you to any classes that you would need. We are a chest pain and stroke certified hospital so there is continuing education for this. You can go online and apply,our human resources is wonderful,they can set up phone interviews for you if you are not in the state yet. The PCU also allows a staff interview so you can meet with the staff and ask any questions you may have. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. The stressfulness of the pt load always depends on the pts themselves. If you have a pt that is critical our staff is great about rallying around and helping out and our charge rns are great resources. Our manager and director are also available to help if things are going south.

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CardiacRN 79

I am just curious, but is centerpoint hiring any LPN's? If so what is their turnover rate? Thank you in advance for your response!!

NurseLil-lea

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Not sure about LPN's. I think they are only used on the med/onc and med/surg floors. Sorry I don't have the answers.

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To juststartinout,

Sorry cant post a pm yet. If you can tell me your initials and when you applied maybe I can get them to pull your application and let my manager or director review it. ICU does vents,post op cabgs,balloon pumps,art lines,etc. We r not set up for that yet. PCU does drips,day 2 and on post op cabgs,post caths,sepsis pt,etc. Get some rest,hope to hear from you soon.

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