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Preparing for LPN Program

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Hello,

I am currently finishing up my CNA course and getting ready to sign up for an LPN Program. Once I sign up there will be a 1 to 1.5 year wait. While I am waiting, is there anything I can do to help prepare myself for the LPN Program? 

A few people have suggested that I get an NCLEX-PN study guide and review from that.

Do you think that's a good idea? Do you have a better idea? If so, reply below! All advice is appreciated!

P.S.

If anyone reading this has taken the LPN course at GateWay Community College, please share any insight that you have.. Thank you!

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E-commerce has 1 years experience as a CNA, LVN and specializes in Psychiatric, Diabetes advocate.

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Yes!!! Look on youtube what i wish i knew in nursing school as well as type in search bar here. Start there 🙂  lvn programs are fast pace. Reach out to previous classmates

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Work Work Work!!! Save money like crazy If you can manage it. Its probably  best not to work during the program but if you end up having to work make sure you have a job that offers PTO and bank all of your hours so you can use them while you're in school and not working as much. 

I got in to nursing school much faster than I thought. It was awesome BUT I didn't have money saved, I was the one who brought the money home in the family (husband can't work from an injury) I didn't have much PTO saved it wasn't really a good situation at all. But we made it through at my expense I went to school 5 days/week and worked two 12 hour shifts on the weekends and 6-12 hours during the week on a busy CVICU, I would take PTO when I had enough in my "bank" it was absolutely miserable. I did well in school, and my job but I suffered mentally and physically from all the stress. When I bridge to RN it will be different I am not going to let that happen again.   

Personally I wouldn't study or anything like that before school starts. I found that my personal experience working in the medical field (Med/surg & CVICU as CNA) helped me more than any book could.  

Beside working I would focus on your life. Focus on your mental health, physical health do anything you can that will make you go in to nursing school with a clear head. 

Good luck!

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E-commerce has 1 years experience as a CNA, LVN and specializes in Psychiatric, Diabetes advocate.

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On 6/26/2019 at 4:34 PM, EccentricME said:

Work Work Work!!! Save money like crazy If you can manage it. Its probably  best not to work during the program but if you end up having to work make sure you have a job that offers PTO and bank all of your hours so you can use them while you're in school and not working as much. 

I got in to nursing school much faster than I thought. It was awesome BUT I didn't have money saved, I was the one who brought the money home in the family (husband can't work from an injury) I didn't have much PTO saved it wasn't really a good situation at all. But we made it through at my expense I went to school 5 days/week and worked two 12 hour shifts on the weekends and 6-12 hours during the week on a busy CVICU, I would take PTO when I had enough in my "bank" it was absolutely miserable. I did well in school, and my job but I suffered mentally and physically from all the stress. When I bridge to RN it will be different I am not going to let that happen again.   

Personally I wouldn't study or anything like that before school starts. I found that my personal experience working in the medical field (Med/surg & CVICU as CNA) helped me more than any book could.  

Beside working I would focus on your life. Focus on your mental health, physical health do anything you can that will make you go in to nursing school with a clear head. 

Good luck!

Very great advice!! i wish i did that as a CNA was work in icu, telemetry, ER or any acute related specialty for 6 months to a year before attending the lvn program first. Instead i worked in nursing home. I remember we had an EMT in my program and she was the only person to pass a test  and we asked how did she study. She said from her experience and not the book. I agree. save money at least 80%-85% before school. 

 

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Or work as a scribe for an acute specialty doctor or unit Secretary on an acute floor. A great non acute position too is becoming medication tech aide too at a nursing home. You will be ahead for pharm class

 

If you can get good grades and find scholarships or grant money

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Just wanted to pop in to say that I too am getting my app ready for Gateway’s LPN program! I hope to apply this fall. 😊 Good luck with your application!

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