One quick question...

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I've been reading a few of the posts and ever since I've been accepted into the LPN Program, I've only had one worry... I am in the military reserves and I know that there is a required number of clinical hours you must have to graduate the LPN Program. Most of the time drill won't be a problem, but there will be some instances where I will have to miss class/clinical because of it. I am willing to work hard to overcome those absences, but I am just wondering if the professors will understand and be able to work with me. Should this be a concern of mine or am I just overly paranoid for no reason? :confused:

VioletKaliLPN, LPN

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in my program, which i graduated from august 2nd of this year, you could miss 2 clinical days. if you missed 3 you failed, unless you had a documented medical illness which would require substantial time out for safety. military assigments were not excused, they assumed we realized that nursing school was a full time job, #1 priority. you could have a discussion regarding your situation.

see, in clinicals you have instructors who are scheduled to lead you through the day, so you cannot always just "make up" time because the instructor has her set days.

rnwannabe77

75 Posts

Hi...In my program we are allowed to miss one clinical day. If we miss more than one, we are required to hire and pay a tutor for the day/night. The head of the department is rather strict about this rule. I'm not sure if this is the same for most programs. Your best bet is to talk to your instructor and department head to see where they stand on this.

brandieskye

11 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
in my program, which i graduated from august 2nd of this year, you could miss 2 clinical days. if you missed 3 you failed, unless you had a documented medical illness which would require substantial time out for safety. military assigments were not excused, they assumed we realized that nursing school was a full time job, #1 priority. you could have a discussion regarding your situation.

see, in clinicals you have instructors who are scheduled to lead you through the day, so you cannot always just "make up" time because the instructor has her set days.

thank you, i will definitely talk to someone and make it aware to them. i am a little more worried now because i know that i will have to miss a few days in september already because i will be in virginia with the marine corps. i am not sure if those will be clinicals days or not.

brandieskye

11 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
Hi...In my program we are allowed to miss one clinical day. If we miss more than one, we are required to hire and pay a tutor for the day/night. The head of the department is rather strict about this rule. I'm not sure if this is the same for most programs. Your best bet is to talk to your instructor and department head to see where they stand on this.

In my initial interview, I addressed the issue with the program director and she said it "should" not be a problem. I just hope that the military is willing to work with me and this won't be a problem. Most drills are Saturday/Sunday so I should be good. Thank you for the reply! I will definitely talk to someone as soon as I can.

GoodtimeRN

84 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry, Med Surg. Has 4 years experience.

In my program you were allowed to miss one clinical day per specialty (about 5 total) but at the end they definitely count every minute! They told us in the beginning that if you miss more, you have to pay to make them up after everyone else has graduated. So you could still go on, but your graduation would just be held up. Hopefully the missing days won't hold you back! Good luck!

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

3,723 Posts

Has 10 years experience.

We had a strict policy on attendance. It didn't matter what the reason..if you missed more than the alloted, you were removed from the program. You could restart when the next class go to the point where you were taken out. But you had to start from the beginning of that section..even if you were a day away from being done with that section when you were removed.

Had a girl in class with me who was in the Reserves and she had to report (knew about it ahead of time) during a time we had clinicals. She had mentioned it during her initial application and interview and was told it "should't be a problem" and that they would arrange something so she could make up the missing days. Well, turns out it WAS a problem, they would NOT arrange anything and it was either she be there or she was out. She had nothing in writing so she had to make 100% sure that she had NO absences for that entire 13 wks of class and clincals so that when her time to report came, she was within her allowed absences.

Get everything in writing.

brandieskye

11 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
We had a strict policy on attendance. It didn't matter what the reason..if you missed more than the alloted, you were removed from the program. You could restart when the next class go to the point where you were taken out. But you had to start from the beginning of that section..even if you were a day away from being done with that section when you were removed.

Had a girl in class with me who was in the Reserves and she had to report (knew about it ahead of time) during a time we had clinicals. She had mentioned it during her initial application and interview and was told it "should't be a problem" and that they would arrange something so she could make up the missing days. Well, turns out it WAS a problem, they would NOT arrange anything and it was either she be there or she was out. She had nothing in writing so she had to make 100% sure that she had NO absences for that entire 13 wks of class and clincals so that when her time to report came, she was within her allowed absences.

Get everything in writing.

They also told me that is "shouldn't" be a problem and I know ahead of time too. I am starting to worry that I am in over my head and I should have waited 2 years until I am done with the Reserves. :/ Thank you for your reply!

brandieskye

11 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
In my program you were allowed to miss one clinical day per specialty (about 5 total) but at the end they definitely count every minute! They told us in the beginning that if you miss more, you have to pay to make them up after everyone else has graduated. So you could still go on, but your graduation would just be held up. Hopefully the missing days won't hold you back! Good luck!

I hope that is how our program works! I am going to talk to someone the very day I start classes. I am stressed out beyond belief because of this right now. Ugh. :/