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Joined: Aug 8, '11; Posts: 52 (33% Liked) ; Likes: 35
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    @straitgirl77, Thank you so much for the nice reply. It really is difficult. I am so glad you are back in the game. We can do this, thank you for the support, and I wish you nothing but the best! let me know how you are doing. Thanks, Leenie

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    Esme12 likes this.

    @Esme12, beautifully said.

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    Hi, That sure is alot of exams. I am also in an 11 month program, in my 5th month now. Level 1 just ended June 18th, now I am in level II which in only 1 subject, med surg. We had many exams in level 1, and about 1 to 2 a week in this level, in addition to math exams, think there are 5 this level. Add 3 days of clinical, labs, papers, presentations, concept maps, and reading and studying, and thats a really full workload. I knew this going into to the program, and sometimes it really gets to me, but I try to stay focused, and remain organized. I am 46, and believe me, many days I have felt like giving up, because quite frankly, it IS the most difficult thing I have probably ever done, and some days, I simply lack confidence in my skills, ability, and time mangement. It is an awful lot of information in a short time, and sometimes I can't see the big picture. I am not out to save the world, or perhaps not even go further than obtaining my LPN, I will be content that I did it, and hope for a decent job, while being a safe LPN. Truly, that will be enough for me. My interest is geriatrics. Best of luck to you, let us know how you are doing.

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    Haha they had better be, I am 46 yrs old, and 5 months into an LPN program. I don't know that I will be hired by a hospital for certain, but there are many places LPN's can work. Long term care, walk in clinics, Doctor's offices, community nursing etc. You are not too old to get started, I know plenty of people your age, my age, and older who are embarking on this journey as a second career. I know a man who just graduated last year, he is 58, and is now working on his RN. I am a female, but there are a few males in my class. I think it's great for people of any age really, younger people of course will have a longer career, but us older students have a lot of life experience, we all can bring something good to the table, young, older, or in between. It is alot of work, very intense, and it takes all of my time, but I hope it will be worth it in the end. Go for what you want to do, don't look back years later with regret, jump in, the water's just fine. Good luck!

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    Try using the dvd's that accompany the book, if your book doesnt have that that, it would be wise to invest in a dvd. It makes it easier when you can visualize what you are reading. it really helped me, I am not great with A&P either, but I managed to get a B in this class in LPN school. Also a book called Anatomy and Physiology for dummies, it breaks things down into more simplistic terms. There are plenty of websites that will also help, just google what you are looking for. Read a little at a time so you understand what you are reading, and are not overwhelmed. Good luck!

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    Merlyn and darling2014 like this.

    Yep, been out there in the work force for 30 yrs, I treat people the way they treat me, I dont care if they are a doctor, lawyer, or CEO. It doesnt matter where the place of business is, you will always get people like that. You can't control them, but you can control yourself, and just move on with your day. I don't let someones bad attitude at work or school effect my day, its their issue, not mine. I just smile and keep going on about my day as usual.

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    HouTx likes this.

    No teacher has the right to talk down to anyone. they are there to teach, we are there to learn. They are getting paid, and we are paying for it. Hard teachers can be hard without talking down to students. I appreciate that instructors can teach in different ways, but none of them should be talking down to anyone, its not a good learning environment. Being a difficult instructor doesnt equal being rude and unprofessional, nor should students treat the instructors with disrespect. It's mutual respect and professionalism on both parts, as it should be.

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    Aurora77 likes this.

    I know how tough this is. I am 46, in my 5th month of an LPN program. Don't quit! I have been pretty lucky, I have good instructors, I do know some who are intimidating, why? I have no idea. Being condescending, or speaking in a rude or curt tone certainly doesn't help or make me want to learn. I have been in the work force for 30 plus yrs, I am a professional there, and I expect anyone in a job, or profession to be the same way. Lets just say for fun, that I work in a bank, and a person doesnt know how to fill out a deposit slip, Am I going to yell at them, intimidate them, or teach them how to do it, with a smile on my face? you got it, I am going to smile, and show them how to do it, do you know why? because I am getting paid to do my job, and I don't recall that scaring, or making people feel inferior being a part of my job description. If I did that, I would surely lose that customer to a bank that cared, and treated their customers with respect. I feel the same way about clinicals, I expect to be treated for the student I am, and I give my instructors the same professional respect. I will not tolerate disrepect from a CI, I don't give it, and I have no reason to receive it. If you fill this strongly, I would sit down with her, and tell her that this experience is making it difficult for you to learn. Some instructors do enjoy being this "tough type", but some may not realize they are doing it because they have been teaching this way for so long. studies have shown student perform much better when they are not fearful of the CI, and of course this makes sense. You are an adult, who needs have a talk with this CI, for the benefit of the both of you. By the way, I never liked the theory that this toughness "weeds" people out. It doesn't, scare tactics are for the insecure, people who don't like themselves, their job, or both. Hang in there, dont let anyone scare you away, people try to do that every day in the workforce, so it's something you just have to address, with professionalism, and couteousy. Good luck, and let us know what hapened.

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    Hi, congrats on your new adventure! I am in my 5th month of a 12 month LPN program. I bought a littman steth, good comfy shoes, pill crusher, highlighters, black pens, tons of index cards for meds, labs, notes etc. Clinical binder, folders for powerpoints for the different subjects, dayplanner, or calendar. My tuition included my books, but I always carry my davis drug guide, lab book, and med surg book to clinicals. It's alot of lugging, but I really do need them. Don't know how soon you begin clinicals, we began after 3 wks into our program. I always pack my clinical bag the night before, so that I am prepared. I would say the biggest struggle for me was (is) time mangement. I am very organized, but time can easily slip away from you while in clinical, so stay organized, and watch your time. It has been quite an experience these last 5 months. Study hard, be prepared, dont fall behind, pre-read chapters, try not to miss class or clinicals. I am in level 2 now, where we have 2 patients, I was having a hard enough time with one, so this is where time mangement really comes in. I wish you the very best, let us know how you are doing. if I can do this, anyone can, I am 46, and have been out of school for nearly 30 years! Good luck to you!

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    This is the first one we have had to do. I see a few more in level 2. I found it a bit difficult at first, but my med surg book was a huge help, as was the internet for NANDA's or whatever else you may be looking for. I tried to utilize every resource I had, and although I didnt think my concept map was anything spectacular, my instructor said it was excellent, and it was, and is a good learning experience, kind of like connecting the dots, seeing how things tie in together. Don't know if I will be doing them as an LPN, I guess maybe it depends on where I work, but my sister, an RN does them everyday, and really enjoys it.

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    Impaired gas exchange(fetal) related to interruption of blood flow from placenta and fetus, there are more, just look them up, I found this just by typing it into google,and asking for a nursing dx

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    Hello to all!

    I am 5 months into my 12 month LPN program. On monday we have an assessment lab practicum. We will be given a paper with a diagram of a person on it, then have to fill it in according to an actual assessment ( which we do in clinicals) has anyone ever had a practicum lab like this? The next day we have a practicum lab on foleys, injections, and NG tubes, showing the skills etc. Then if we pass, we move on to level 2, med surg. Just curious if anyone has done this assessment form practicum, what you thought of it, and how you did on it. I am studying the basic assessment because I don't really know what else to study, guess it could be anything. Thanks everyone!

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    We begin at 7am, I am usually there by 6:30, but we don't get assigned the patient until 7am. I have heard some people say they are assigned the patient the night before clinical. In some ways I would like that. I feel like its such a race to get report, do a full assessment, look up labs, and meds, then give report to instructor, then get and give the meds, and usually they like this done by 8;15 to 8:30, I feel very rushed, and am really working on my time mangement skills. We have to have all the info on the meds, class, indications, actions, side effects, dose, nurs implications, and when you have 10 or more to give, its alot to get done. I have my meds on index cards, ready to go, however sometimes there are a few I don't have so I have to look them up, it takes time. I am 5 months into my LPN program, I really envy nurses who have a full load of pts, and can get everything done in a timely manner, hope I get there! I only have 1 patient and find this difficult to do in 1 hour, but i am trying, and I am keeping my patient safe.

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    Haha thats awesome GrnTea!

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    I find this comment rude and out of line. There are plenty of things worse than a "fat nurse', an uncaring nurse, a rude nurse,and a RUDE doctor! . He should have left it at congrats. People never cease to amaze me with their comments, no filter! His comment wasn't funny, He gets a big zero in the supportive Doctor department. No need to say anything but, "keep up the good work".
    By the way, congratulations, my best to you