What should I do before the LPN program begins?

  1. I recently went to my programs orientation and while I am completely excited, I feel like I have no idea what I should be doing with my time before the program starts. I typically like to prepare and plan as much as possible and I would like to get some sort of "head start". My start date for the program has been pushed back by 20 days due to my background in healthcare - which part of me is happy about, but at the same time, I feel like I have so many questions about what I will be walking in to on my first day.

    Any suggestions to what I should be doing now or what I can expect would be greatly appreciated!
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    Joined: Jul '13; Posts: 2


  3. by   LadyFree28
    It sounds like you have your syllabus, and materials. You can start "reading" the material; highlight the objectives in the chapter and answer the objectives, book mark boxes and examples in the chapters, and anything that does not sound clear, prepare questions to ask the instructor. If you have a NCLEX book to study questions, for example, the Success Series, to review questions relate to the material, especially after the lecture, to get a feel of what your exams will be like.

    Hope this helps.
  4. by   LadyLeo75
    I recently went to my registration meeting for school which starts in September and I feel the same way but they gave us some things to learn and study for the first week. I also plan to review the syllabus and read a little to get a ahead start. Maybe try reading and getting yourself familiar with the material. Good luck to you.
  5. by   jheath
    LUCKY! My orientation consisted of sitting around in a room, getting measurements for uniforms, going over the book list, and fin aid information. When we asked about schedules we where told they where not finalized and we would get them on the first day of class which is now MONDAY so I have no idea what to look over as I don't have any idea what classes I will be starting with :-(
    Last edit by jheath on Jul 13, '13 : Reason: posted before ready
  6. by   ashley.wilson
    I just started school Monday and everyone feels the same way I promise but if you wanna get ahead start reading your fundamentals book you'll probably start with that just basic nursing read the whole chapter including the boxes and skills labs the homework and quizzes we had this week most of the questions came from the boxes and skills labs also most of the questions are scenario type questions so practice doing those and read carefully one word could change the whole question and be ready like I said I'm just a week in and we have a test Monday over 9 chapters!! But try not to get yourself to worked up (like I did lol) once you get through the first maybe the second day it'll be like ok it's just school and remember you can do this all you have to do is try
  7. by   pnkgirl25
    I would hop on over to quizlett.com, do a search for "medical terminology" and just start studying flash cards. This will help you out soooooo much TRUST ME. If you are feeling really ambitious visit this website top 100 drugs and learn the most common drugs, their brand/generic name and their indication. This alone will put you leaps and bounds above our classmates. I only WISH someone had told me this during the months I sat twiddling my thumbs waiting for nursing school to start.

    Good luck
  8. by   DisneyMagicMomma
    Relax! Enjoy your sleep. Maybe brush up on basic algebra if you're dying to do something. Med terms would be fine, but just look at them once a day. Really, you should just relax while you can. The next year or more is going to be nothing but studying, get down time while you can.