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Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

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On 3/8/2019 at 4:21 PM, danielg_84 said:

Hey everyone. I made an account just to comment on this thread.

 

I am currently in my last semester of the transition program at North Harris. As stated, classes are usually Wed and Thurs, 11-1:30 for N1-N4 semesters. For the Summer session for transition students, the hours fluctuated a lot, but were generally close to that. That said, plan on being there M-F 8-5 for the first 2 weeks of the summer session, and keep M-F clear for the first 2 weeks of each semester. They COULD get everything done during the regular Wed/Thurs, but they like to throw in things like clinical site orientations, calendar reviews, etc. It will drive you crazy if you're not ready for it. If you're like me, you've moved heaven and Earth to get your schedule set up around your clinical day and the classroom schedule, so those first 2 weeks each semester can be a pain. Tests are held on Wed mornings at 8. If you get below a 75, you will be required to attend a remediation session. This is usually the Wed morning the next week. 

Like most college programs/courses, you can get MUCH better deals on the books if you hunt around, rent books from online sources, etc. However, there are a LOT of books, and hunting down deals on each one individually is a pain. So, if you're paying with financial aid or aren't tight for money, go ahead and buy the bundle from the bookstore for sake of ease. 

START GETTING YOUR TITERS AND VACCINES DONE NOW. Check with someone from the school for a full list. It's a long list; and if your titers are negative for something like HepB, getting the immunizations done properly can take months. 

The school suggests that you don't work or work part time while attending. I'm 34 with a house and a family, so for me (and many of my classmates) that's just not an option. If that is an option for you, work as little as you can.

Don't be intimidated by what I'm about to say, because if you can get into the program, you can get THROUGH the program, but...

I am a paramedic with 12 years of experience on the ambulance, and 15 years total patient care experience, and this program has humbled me academically. The tests are no joke. I've maintained a low B average in lecture, but I'm definitely not used to that. Study often, study together, don't procrastinate, and find/use every youtube channel and pathophysiology-one-sheet from Pinterest that you can. Ask the paramedics and LVNs for help with skills. Don't be freaked out by the SIM days because it's just practice for your actual clinicals.  

Ask me any other questions you have and I'd be happy to answer!

Hello! I was wondering if you could clarify this for me. So during the summer classes are wed and thurs and one clinical day during the week? Is this the same all semester? Do class times vary as in the hours during the day?

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Does anyone know if we can use our blue card from the lvn program or do they expire?

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9 hours ago, YvetteT said:

Does anyone know if we can use our blue card from the lvn program or do they expire?

If it is less than a year old you can but if it’s not you need to go ahead and apply for your DO if that’s what’s needed. Do this ASAP because it can take a while and sometimes they will want to reopen the case and review so you will have to pay the $150. If you don’t have anything that needs to be cleared by the BON then you should receive a blue card soon to my understanding.

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jenny002900 has 6 years experience as a LVN.

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I received an email today stating I've been placed on the "alternate list". Is this something every applicant receives if they aren't accepted? I feel like it's one of those participation trophies everyone gets just for being on the team. 🙄

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2 minutes ago, jenny002900 said:

I received an email today stating I've been placed on the "alternate list". Is this something every applicant receives if they aren't accepted? I feel like it's one of those participation trophies everyone gets just for being on the team. 🙄

No, it’s an actual wait list. Basically you have to get everything done as if you were accepted so that if a student (who was accepted) does not fulfill their requirements, or pass their drug or attend their orientation then they get taken out and the first person on the waiting list gets offered that spot. 

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HowdyHowdy has 7 years experience as a LVN and specializes in ER.

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1 hour ago, imaneedmycoffeefirst89 said:

No, it’s an actual wait list. Basically you have to get everything done as if you were accepted so that if a student (who was accepted) does not fulfill their requirements, or pass their drug or attend their orientation then they get taken out and the first person on the waiting list gets offered that spot. 

This is correct. And make sure you do it. There are plenty of instances where alternates have gotten in. Likely more than you'd think. 

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jenny002900 has 6 years experience as a LVN.

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Thanks for the encouragement y'all! I'll make sure to complete all the requirements. I'm also going to re-take my hesi next week so I can apply to kingwood. 

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Hell everyone, I called North Harris yesterday about the blue card. I was told they have a list from the BON of who doesn’t need to order a new blue card. If your name is not on that list you have to go through the process of getting a new card. 

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On 4/5/2019 at 7:45 AM, LVN2B18 said:

Hell everyone, I called North Harris yesterday about the blue card. I was told they have a list from the BON of who doesn’t need to order a new blue card. If your name is not on that list you have to go through the process of getting a new card. 

I wonder if/when they will inform those of us who do and do not need to go through said process? 

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She said you will recieve an email

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HowdyHowdy has 7 years experience as a LVN and specializes in ER.

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Is anybody else encountering this problem with Castle Branch?

On the upload page, where it lists "Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form", I uploaded the form provided by the website. They rejected it stating I have only submitted the medical information form, asking for me to resubmit with the authorization to treat form. I can't see anywhere where the authorization to treat form is provided.

I just tried to call Castle Branch and go figure, the only day of the week they are closed is Saturday.

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Gm, has anyone else already recieved  a blue card from the TBON. I haven’t even done the background check or recieved the email from Identogo butnthe card came in the mail Friday.

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