Quincy College LPN program Grads/Current students - page 4

OK I admit it, I am very anxious to start the LPN program in Sept. I have been reading all these posts about care plans and clinicals and all kinds of stuff, but I hear it's all specific to the... Read More

  1. by   bizo
    i've got all my prereqs so i think i'll do the p/t after i get my license.
  2. by   M1022
    Soooo... these posts were from over 5 years ago. I just got accepted into QC's full time RN program that starts September 2010. If any of you are still on here that posted on this thread... whats your nursing career like now since graduating from Quincy College? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you
  3. by   Mikestah
    1. If you need to make sacrifices to make it through the program. Do it. It is worth it.
    2. Do not underestimate mastering the most menial tasks. Doing bedside care is the best way to
    assess your patient.
    3. Show up early to clinicals and class. It will prepare you for your first job. If you are late
    it will tick off the person you are to relieve and others will be less likely to help you out.
    4. Pay attention to your instructors as they are trying to impart a certain nurse logic that is only
    gained through experience.
    5. When you graduate do not work more that 32 hours. Nursing is hard work, construction is a lot easier.
    I quit a great first job because it was just too much for me.
    6. Do not get flusted .... count to ten and call for help.

    Good luck, It is really worth it.

  4. by   M1022
    Thank you so much for replying! That was great advice. Its great to hear it from someone who has been through it first hand. Thanks again
  5. by   Boston-RN
    Great post by Mike. A few things to add....there is such thing as a stupid question but please ask anyway if you don't know the answer. Don't be afraid to change jobs until you find something you LOVE (but always make sure you have something lined up first). I agree with the time limit...I work 3-12hr shifts and that is PLENTY, otherwise you will get burnt out. Take constructive criticism well but do not become a punching bag....there is a difference.

    One thing I have always done at the end of clinicals and at the end of every day of orientation I have had.....take just a minute or 2 and ask the person teaching you...."how did I do" or "what can I do better next time" You'd be surprised the feedback you get. Some people are reluctant to give you feedback unless they know you want it and can take it. What they tell you can only make you better

    ** and last but not least....always be prepared. If you are ill prepared you will become a target (not in a good way) have your books/equipment and studying done before hand....