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EmmyBee, ASN, RN 4,442 Views

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Registered Nurse; from US

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    Is anyone a graduate of the program or currently enrolled? I have found some older information here, but it's mostly just discussing how the program works. I have applied to start in October 2016, but I'm just trying to hear about firsthand experience from people who have actually gone through the program. Anyone?

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    Quote from afrocentricRN
    And on MOST days, I do love my job. I went into nursing for the flexible shifts and hours (I only work Sat and Sun nights, get paid for 3, with full bennies). I went into nursing to be fulfilled and knowing I'm making a difference in somoene's life. And oh yeah, the pay!
    I agree with this, even though nursing kind of fell into my lap, when I was joining the Army (first as a medic/EMT, then later I became an LPN). I have now been an LPN for 14 years, and have one more semester before I complete my RN program.

    Over the years, I have worked in many different areas. And for the most part, I have enjoyed all of my experiences. I am thankful that I'm in a field that I have a variety of areas to choose from, if I get bored. I'm glad I make decent pay, and can still earn an extra income (through agency) if I need it. And I like that I can make a difference in someone's life, no matter how small or "cheesy" it may seem to others.

    Of course being a nurse is not without issues. But then again, isn't every other job out there the same deal? They may not have the same problems, but they do have them. And as others have pointed out, the horrible job market isn't exclusive to nursing.

    So if this is what you have your heart set on, don't let the negative remarks and venting on these boards scare you away. Besides, I don't think that most of the people on here truly HATE nursing, otherwise I doubt they would torture themselves by continuing to work in the field. They just use the board as a means to vent.

    It's good that we are able to share experiences, both good and bad. That way those considering pursuing nursing, can see that things are not always rosey. But that doesn't mean that it's always a horrific experience either.

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    nursel56, jkaee, and SuesquatchRN like this.

    Quote from Calliehoo
    I'm having a problem with the aides. On nights, we usually have two. They are not overburdened by work, to say the least; they have ample time to sit around and talk while I and the other nurse are working. It tends to get very busy for the aides in the mornings, with incontinence care, but I'm busy too at that time, writing notes, preparing for report, dealing with patients -- the charge nurses have their own patients (usually from between 7 to 10, depending on census).

    One or two of the aides (who tend to be malcontents) spoke to the nursing supervisor that I don't help them enough on the floor, meaning incontinence care. The fact is, I do when the aides are strapped, but not 1 1/2 hours before the end of shift. The nursing supervisor suggested that to motivate them and to improve morale I participate more in that type of thing.
    If this is true, I agree that the aids SHOULD start doing rounds earlier. The OP is making it clear that during the time they need help, SHE is busy then, as well. If she stops what she is doing to help them, exactly when is she to finish her own work?

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    Quote from shescoolie
    LOL sorry guys didn't mean to scare you. WJ is not BAD I just prefer HJ. I took HJ for Pharm and got an A. In my opinion he is veeeery easy aaaand he gives extra credit for every test he gives. His tests are relatively easy to the point that you don't even have to come to class. You will need to read though. Read, read, read. My experience with WJ is that he is sort of strict and has this dry sense of humor. Never really heard anything bad about him. Again didn't mean to scare you guys lol. No need to switch if you can't.
    I agree with the part in bold. I never had HJ, so I can't comment. I'm not doubting that he is better, but I don't know personally. And I also had someone completely different for Pharm, who was very hard. But I was still able to pull off an "A".

    WJ is a decent professor. He answers questions, he knows what he is doing, and he is calm. He won't baby you, but he's not a monster either. I only know him from clinicals, but he did teach us skills in lab often. And I felt I learned from him (compared to a few others).

    I will have him for Cardio at the end of August. I heard his class was hard, but it's passable. So I'll do my best to be prepared.

    You might have to read and study more to pass his exams, but in reality, that's not a bad thing. You'll want to really understand what you are doing. And the NCLEX won't be easy. So in a way, it helps prepare you.

    I always believe that while it's nice to have kind, easy professors, it's up to YOU to pass the class, not up to them to pass it for you. So if you end up with him, make up your mind that you will do what it takes to pass.

    Quote from ladieej
    i am kinda confused when it comes to the physical as well, which is why im saving that one for last. i think that you are supposed to still have the titer completed even if you've been immunized for proof of having been vaccinated, so i would just do it to be safe. but if you feel your health records are sufficient enough then i would ask someone in the health science department about it.

    i have records of having been immunized from childhood for rubella, diptheria, pertussis, and some other things i cannot remember at the moment.. so im hoping i can show that to the doctor and he will sign off that i have been immunized. but i am not sure if i will still need a titer for these.. hmmm...
    I know things change almost on a daily basis. But last year with us, it was either you had dates of the immunization, or you got a titer to prove you were immune. And with the Hepatitis B, you also had the option to decline it.

    However, a lot of times people get the shots, and when they get a titer, they have absolutely no immunity. So maybe they are now asking for titers to prove you are immune. But it seems odd that they would force you to get BOTH a shot and a titer. I would definitely get that cleared up.

    Also, for the physicals, we had to have the doctor fill out the BC physical form. The dean wouldn't accept it on any other form. But now there is a new dean, so maybe she will take either. Just make sure you find out before the deadline.

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    OP, your intentions might have been good, but your post came across with a bit of a "know it all" tone.

    Once you are actually working as a nurse and have experience under your belt, I can guarantee there will be days that you WILL do some of those things on your list. And you'll probably do even more, that you never imagined you would.

    There will be good and bad days, and everything else in between. You will learn that it's impossible to be "super nurse" 24/7. You will find that it is okay to have down time and let off some steam. You will also see that many times you'll be too busy to help others. And I can bet that you'll even apologize to a doctor or two, throughout your career, for whatever reason. And when you finally have children, you'll realize that sometimes things are out of your control, and you just can't abandon your sick child.

    Nurses work hard, they get overwhelmed, they make mistakes, and they are human. Anyone can stand there and criticize. But until you have actually walked the walk, you really can't point the finger.

    Sure there are lazy, unprofessional nurses out there. But the same goes for EKG techs or any other profession. You have no idea what you will do when you find yourself in the heat of the moment. It's always easier when you're on the outside looking in. You will soon find out.

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    dolfanjenny, Jena1211, ladieej, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from Jena1211
    I think that "different campus warning" was just because the clinicals are listed as hospitals.

    I am registered at South!!! I took J C-S for process 1 theory; and M Mc for clinicals for process 1 and 2; L H for MATH; W J for pharm. Anyone know anything about these?!

    The different campus warning happens every semester. It IS just because of the "hospital" location. So no worries.

    If anyone wants to pm me, I can help with some of the professors, as far as how they are and what to look out for. I think I know who most of them are, by the initials you all posted (but some I don't recognize, so they might be new). But I don't want to guess at who you are talking about, and give you wrong information. LOL Also, I found rate my professor to be pretty accurate. So you can go with that.

    J C-S, I had for clinicals and simply adored. She is one of the best and actually loves teaching and helping students. I haven't had WJ for any lectures, but am about to at the end of August for cardio. I know it will be hard and I have my work cut out for me. But it's a hard rotation in general, not because he's horrible or anything like that. We had him for clinicals in process, and he is very laid back and calm. Everyone likes him.

    I don't know who LH and M Mc are. But if I get the whole names, maybe it will ring a bell. I might have heard something through the grapevine. Oh, and if you have the option of KG for math, RUN!!!!!

    As far as picking professors, I am in the LPN to RN transition program, and we never had the option to pick any of our professors. We all had the same ones for math, pharm, and everything since then, for lecture. And for clinicals, we had different ones, depending on the day of the week we registered for. But maybe since you all are a bigger group, you have more classes.

    Overall, south is really not bad. And we just got a replacement dean (who I had for Psych). And she is awesome! So don't worry too much, everything will be just fine.

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    Moogie and nursel56 like this.

    Quote from angelcarmichael
    I have had other people tell me that going to school to become an lpn would be a waste of time because they are being phased out by CNAs. Is this true?
    Another thing you might want to do, is to go to the job websites and look up what's available for LPNs, in your area. That way you can see some of the positions being offered, and decided whether or not it is something you want to pursue.

    I became an LPN 14 years ago in the military. I have gained wonderful experience over the years (both in the military and out). I've worked in almost every area, be it ICU, emergency department, community health, school nursing, case management, chart review, long term care, and now hospice.

    The one thing I do wish though, is that I had finished my RN sooner for two reasons: more options and better pay. It took me a long time to get back on track and finally commit to it. But right now I have 14 months of my RN program behind me, and 5 more to go. I am surprised that it went so fast, and am excited to finally get finished.

    With that being said, no, I don't see LPNs being phased out, and no, it is not a waste of time. The only thing I do recommend, is that if you plan on advancing, try not to let too much time pass before you continue. Once you stop, it can be hard to get started again.

    Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

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    xInspiredx likes this.

    I agree with the above posters:

    -they might not have the money for all the required pre-requisites and schooling of an RN program (despite financial aid)
    -they might not have the time to commit to going to school longer
    -they simply might not like school, but want to make more than minimum wage
    -they might want to gain experience and earn a decent pay while enrolled in an RN program
    -they might not want to deal with waiting lists and such, so they become and LPN first, to make it easier to get into an RN program
    -they might be unsure if they really want to be a nurse, and don't want to invest a lot of time and money into more schooling, until they test the waters

    And I'm sure there are many other reasons that others have chosen the LPN route first. You just have to decide what's best for you and your current situation.

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    itsmejuli, Hithere, Ivanna_Nurse, and 1 other like this.

    I feel where you are coming from, OP. I have been an LPN for about 14 years. I was fortunate enough to gain experience, working in the emergency department and surgical intensive care unit, during the years I served in the military.

    But since then, most of my experience has been working nights in long term care, and right now I'm working in hospice until I finish my RN program. I think it's fair to say that in the more intense, fast-paced specialties, moments like this are less common. But in a long term setting, I don't think it's all that rare.

    Yes, sometimes I am annoyed and fed up with the cons of nursing. But I have also had plenty of moments where I've felt similar to what you've described in your letter.

    I have often had to readjust nasal cannulas, pull up covers, and do little things that might have seemed insignificant. But the patients were unable to do it for themselves. And yes, some have even woken up and said thank you.

    Many times I've felt sorry for my patients, who had no family or friends to help care for them or come by to visit. I've gotten sad on numerous occasions, as I looked at their bedside pictures, when they were young and carefree, having no idea the end would turn out the way it did for them.

    More than once, I've felt that I wasn't doing enough, or secretly wished I could make things better for them, when I couldn't. And yeah, I've even watched some of them as they slept, wondering what they were like before they ended up in a nursing home, or dying from cancer in hospice care.

    Thanks for sharing your letter.

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    Bubbles likes this.

    Quote from Ham it up
    Thanks everyone for your posts )
    It's even more frustrating when family isn't supportive and often are the ones to blow your off and make you feel worse.

    I'm in my early 20's too, and it's not getting easier
    I think we all get lonely from time to time, no matter what our situation is.

    By reading your post, it's hard to tell what kind of personality you have. You said you were nice and normal, but are you quiet? Insecure? Do you lack self-confidence?

    Since you don't have support from family, do you think speaking with a counselor or therapist would be beneficial to you? Maybe that would help you identify your weaknesses or insecurities. And once they are dealt with, your self-confidence would improve.

    Then it would be easier to strike up conversations with people. And the more interaction you have with others, the more you'll find out what things you have in common with them. That could be the beginning of new friendships for you.

    There are also various websites and self-help books that you can read up on, to help you open up and learn what works, and what doesn't, as far as making friends, building confidence, etc.

    BTW, I'm not saying that this is your problem. I'm just throwing ideas out there, in case they can be of help. Good luck to you.

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    leslie :-D likes this.

    I'm working as a Hospice LPN right now, while finishing up my ASN. There are a ton of them here in Florida. I definitely think it's a better alternative for loved ones, than a nursing home. But just like everything, some are better than others.

    Most of the ones I have seen, the owners don't live there. They will hire one or two caregivers, who reside in the home. The residents are usually independent, though I have seen some who are bed bound.

    It's a lot of hard work though, mostly for the actual caregivers. They are responsible for cooking all meals, washing clothes, giving meds, cleaning/bathing the ones who need assistance, doctor's appointments, etc. And families visit much of the day, since you typically have about 6 residents. And their various relatives work different hours.

    I'm sure you can find more information on the internet. But I found this link that might give you some sort of idea of how it works:

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    DolceVita likes this.

    Quote from morphed
    Someone posted the thread, and people, in their free time, responded. More than one area of discussion can occur at once. And why is it catty to discuss your personal preferences? My personal preference is that scrubs with cartoons and barbies and rainbows (outside of Peds/NICU) are tacky and that a professional should not wear them. I cannot bar anyone from wearing them, I cannot bar anyone from selling them, but I can come here and posted my opinion. And tomorrow, the nurses that are tickled pink by their cartoon/barbie/rainbow scrubs will still wear them. This website is just about having a conversation. And I can assure you that while not integral to nursing, our discussion of scrub tops is certainly not forcing any patient to go without their "dire need of caring and well-trained healthcare professionals" being met.
    My sentiments, exactly! Like I mentioned in my previous response, I don't wear cartoon scrubs. And I do feel that certain attire, can influence how others (in the field) view nurses, to a certain extent. But I don't sit there in the hospital or any other facility, seething over the nurses who choose to wear them. I don't think anyone is losing sleep over this topic.

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    I have always been fascinated by true crime and the paranormal. Whether it be books or documentaries, I enjoy them both.

    I recently finished The Daughters of Juarez, by Teresa Rodriguez. It's about the hundreds of unsolved murders, of young women, that have been occurring in Juarez, Mexico, since 1993. I also have Fall, by Ron Franscell, which is another true crime book. But I haven't been able to start it yet, since I just began my 4th semester of school.

    As far as magazines go, I am a shameless tabloid junkie. Though I must admit, I'm not as bad as the days, when I used to go crazy buying everything in sight, at the checkout counter.

    Now I stick solely to US magazine. And my best friend has a subscription to People. So about once a month, she'll give me the ones she's already read, so I don't waste money buying them.

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    anie10, jkaee, happy2learn, and 4 others like this.

    Quote from peas&carrots
    I agree that childish tops on an adult floor seem inappropriate. I don't think you have to have teddy bears or disney characters on your scrubs to make people happy. I just don't think it's very professional. I think wearing bright colors or interesting patterns is a much better option. It's the smile on your face and the kindness that you show that brightens someones day.
    I agree with the above post. In bold is my personal preference. I have never been into the cartoons.

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    I agree that it can be harder to find a job for older nurses, especially in certain specialties or facilities. I am 38 now, and will be 39 by the time I graduate in 5 months. The age factor is definitely something I think about, even though I'm already an LPN and have been in healthcare a while.

    But like someone mentioned, it would be the same in any field, not just nursing. And if a person started getting their act together later in life, or really and truly became burned out from their first career choice, what should they do? Are they to accept their life as it is, and be miserable in their current job, because it coud be harder to land a job at their age in another field?

    I'm not for glossing things over. And yes, those who decide to get into nursing or any career, should be well informed. They should be told the good and the bad. But I just don't believe in not making changes, if you are unhappy with your current situation. And that includes going back to school for another career.