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I start Concorde in Arlington,Tx in less than three weeks. What should I be doing to better prep myself? I'm reading some nursing books and using some nursing student computer programs (A&P coloring and labeling program) Ive also downloaded a medical terminology audio file for my Ipod when at the gym, nothing make you pump the iron like hearing words like menorrhagia and phenylketonuria or what a cystoscope does.:crying2: Is there anything else I should be doing?

If ya don't mind I have a couple of other questions

Any feedback about Concorde?

What shoes? Dansakos, Murrells, Crocs, or will my Adidas shelltoes do?

As a male should I expect bias against me? Like when I went to the local nursing supply store and was treated like a leper in the middle ages. The lady said we have one pair of shoes and "your" scrubs are in the corner.

Should I read everything Florance Nightingale wrote?

Someone told me trash all your books and just read the NC-LEX prep books. Yes/No?

I like old people, they have the best stories, whats wrong with working a LTC?

Finally I just want to say I've been watching this website for awhile now and yall are awesome and I wont ever ask a classroom question in order to finish a assignment. Thanks

ChasingRain

72 Posts

Lol you sound just like me...I start my class in May, only I'm not male and haven't even considered any shoes yet:confused: guess I should add that to my things to do list....

As far as what you are doing to prepare--wow--I thought I had things covered when I read the history of nursing and studied all the human bones, guess I was wrong when I thought I was putting myself ahead of the class if others are doing what you're doing, so Kudos!

I'll def be keeping an eye on your post to see what advice you get, and then use it myself:idea:

I don't know what it's like in your area but in mine male nurses are very well respected. And, I have been told that that often times the new grad male nurse will be hired well before the female because they prefer hiring male nurses around here. Of course, I don't know that from experience, just hear-say.

I know I haven't been helpful, but I just wanted to let you that in my opinion you are doing a good job preparing and I think it's great that you have decided to become a nurse. Good luck with everything!

futurenurse310

145 Posts

Let me give you some advice brotha..

Avoid class drama as much as you can, avoid the crap talking about each other , and know that you will get to see your classmates' good side and bad sides since you are with them for so long... and that isn't always fun... But always try to stay supportive of your classmates and they will show it back.

Don't get caught behind on the reading

Participate as much as you can during clinicals so you can make the most of your of experience

The material isn't that difficult, its just that you will get an overwhelming amount of information thrown at you, but in time, you will get use to it and everything should come into place(hopefully). So again, DONT GET CAUGHT BEHIND.

Remember what you came to this school to set out to do... to get your LPN license and work as an LPN. Since its Concorde, I know your paying big bucks, so remember your goal.

In the meantime, don't stress out right now. You will learn everything in school. Just take your time to relax before school begins. Goodluck !

Oh by the way, don't worry about what florence nightingale wrote.... If the school will test you on it, what you will need to know about her will probably come from the book or teacher handouts.

Txstarr972

64 Posts

We got test questions about Florence Nightingale in our very 1st Fundamentals test! I got them wrong because I totally blew off that part of the chapter!:hdvwl:

futurenurse310

145 Posts

We got test questions about Florence Nightingale in our very 1st Fundamentals test! I got them wrong because I totally blew off that part of the chapter!:hdvwl:

Awwww thats too bad :(

Just make sure you read everything that is assigned... Even if that includes Florence Nightingale. Of course you are gonna have to know what she did and what she contributed to nursing....Thats part of the nursing history in fundamentals! You will have to learn the history.... But I'm saying, that you do NOT have to prepare by looking up what she "wrote" . lol . Dont need to go out buying her books and all that. :p

Are you starting an LPN or RN program?

Shiloabbydo

14 Posts

Its a overpriced LVN program costing 26000, but Ive been unemployed so WIA is paying 15000, pell is giving 7000.

I plan on going for the bridge programs after getting a little experience under the belt or scrub into order to become a RN. Wanted to do the community college way but with prereqs and waiting list for the actual nursing program it was just going to take to long before i could get back in the workforce.

Shiloabbydo

14 Posts

Heres another question for all...

Do you use or are you planning to use a Ipod touch or Iphone for some of the apps that are available for nursing while in school? Will the Ipad be useful?

futurenurse310

145 Posts

So you plan on taking anatomy, physio, and micro while working as an LVN?

Shiloabbydo

14 Posts

Yes, isn't that how most bridge programs work. I haven't heard much about people getting their LVN cert and then quiting their jobs in order to bridge, maybe I'm wrong? I know it will be tough but its all about time management, which seems to be a huge part of being a nurse anyways

futurenurse310

145 Posts

Alright cool! Yea that is how it goes...

It is just that some people who do an LPN/LVN program think they can bypass the pre requisites if they are an lpn/lvn. I've seen it first hand from students IN lpn programs so their sales rep must have had something to do with it.

Goodluck either way, I'm doing the same route as you except I will have both my lpn and pre requisites completed by this year.

Shiloabbydo

14 Posts

Oh no. The only reason that I'm going to LVN school on the first place is because I was laid off over a year ago, cant find a job in my field, not to mention I'm tired of the retail art world, so I applied for the WIA program and the only way to get trained for nursing was either have my pre reqs done and get into nursing program or head straight to LVN school. Unfortunately my first trip through college I was too busy getting wasted and chasing tail, that was back in 95, so I figured this would be a better route. But yes I do plan on getting my prereqs done and then bridging. Thats scary that the school sales peeps are lying to people just to get money through their door

Shiloabbydo

14 Posts

also futurenurse310. WOW your doing both in one year. BIG UPS to you. I going to kudos you just because that must be a crazy schooling for you.