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I wanted to become a psych nurse and utilize what I learned in psychology with nursing, but everyone was dismissive and said I can't. I questioned them. Why couldn't I apply this knowledge to nursing? Don't they know how universal psychology was? I felt defeated for a while. I applied for the RN programs, but I didn't get accepted. Still down in the dumps, so I graduated with a BA in Psych and also became an LPN. Now I'm pursuing my RN, and I plan to eventually get my BSN. Perhaps after this, I will revisit the mental health field? But for now I'm in my college's LPN-RN program hoping while working as an LPN in an outpatient clinic.

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  1. I got hired in outpatient dialysis. The pay was less, but it's was fulltime. All of my other offers were part time. It tool about a month before I was hired, but I didn't start work until A couple of weeks after
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    Feeling discouraged about nursing school

    It will take time for you to be confident in yourself and your abilities. Even after nursing school, as a new graduate, you may feel overwhelmed, but give yourself time. As Triddin said, be kind to yourself. If your heart is racing when you're at clinical and performing a skill, take a second to take a deep breath. Verbally walk through the steps and take your time. By verbalizing the procedures, at least your instructor will know what you are planning to do and can intervene if necessary. I also get nervous at times. Last semester we had lab, and whenever I practiced, my heart would race, and I would always fumble through my gloves. I eventually got better before I had to perform those skills in front of my instructor. Then it came time to set up a secondary IV at clinical. I've set up pumps before at my job as an LPN, but having my instructor stare at my every move made me nervous. This will always happen to me, but I try to focus on breathing to help calm my nerves.
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    are ATI's rigged?

    ATI is such a pain. Often times it contradicts itself in the book. Also, some of the rationales for the ATI quizzes are, "A is the answer because it is the answer." WHAT. The only reason I bought ATI for LPN school and now the LPN-RN program is because both programs require us to get it. I keep telling myself that the payoff will be worth it in the end.
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    Waiting on acceptance letter???

    Oh the memories. I was temporrarily distracted because I started a new job. But every morning I would head to the post office to check my mail. After about 2 months I got fed up and changed my address from the p.o. box to my home address. But then I would still check my P.o. box in case I changed my address too late. They sent the envelope to my home address, and i was excited. I've gotten the rejection letternin the past, but this was a big envelope. I knew I had gotten in. Hold on!
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    Finally Finished

    Congrats! Learn from my mistake. When you confirm the location where you plan to take the NCLEX, make sure you get that confirmation email. I thought I did, but nope! I went to the location and was denied entry. I did not get the confirmation, and ended up picking a date 3 weeks later
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    How to study

    There are so many ways, but you need to find the method that works for you. Group study can be good and bad. Make sure the group is small (maybe 3-5) and the people involved can focus without too much side chatting. Each time you meet, you need a goal. Perhaps everyone will "teach" a topic to the group? There's a saying that you truly know something if you can teach it to someone else. I tend to be very visual and like repetition. I tend to write and rewrite my notes. First I'll look at the chapter and take notes. After lecture I'll compile the additional notes, powerpoints, whatever else may help. If I have the time, I'll then put everything into two-column notes. I don't always find flashcards helpful. They're not the most practical if you have stacks and stacks of them. But I find they're helpful for remembering labs or quick facts about diseases or meds. There are many videos on youtube that go into detail. There's also Khan Academy that's also free, and they have plenty of videos that can help with anatomy and med-surge. I have a friend who would record herself explaining concepts in ways she understood. While she was driving to school, work and clinical, that's all she played in the car. There are just so many ways to study. It's hard for anyone to tell you how to do it.
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    Should I appeal?

    In my program, you can fail if your unweighted test average is below a 74.5. One of my classmates got ( I believe) a 73.5. She was dropped from the program. She knew the material, she never missed class, she always had the answers and clearly did all of the work. She just wasn't a good test taker. She could file an appeal for the test questions, but they require "evidence-based reasoning as to why another answer is correct. She really wants to become an RN. So she signed up for the TEAS and is planning to reapply for the program. If becoming an RN is really what you desire, then I think you should reapply to the program. You can file an appeal if you want to, but look at your options and don't just focus all of your attention on the appeal. I'm in an LPN-RN program. Many of my classmates were in the same boat as I was. The last time we performed a bed bath on a patient was in LPN school. The whole time this past semester we were told, "You're LPNs. You should know this." Or, "Don't you do this at work?" So many of us were rusty with the "information gathering" and various topics learned in fundamentals. And I agree that instructors aren't always the most helpful when guiding you. But like I said before, if you want to become an RN, don't let this defeat you.
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    Very Low Gpa...Is there still hope?

    I know my local community college's LPN program is strict. I went to a vocational school first. Unlike the CC, they don't look at past grades. We had to pass the TEAS test and schedule an interview, though. Your options may be different from what I experienced.
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    What to do during summer break...

    I have a few classmates who have to take some non-nursing classes, so they piled them up during the summer. I'm just sticking to working though
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    Dress code for entrance exam?

    For LPN school the entrance exam we took was the TEAS test. I didn't have an interview afterwards though. Business casual is fine. For all they know, you're going out afterwards? No one will mind.
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    How To Critically Think

    You'll have plenty of time to learn how to think critically. I'm in an LPN-RN program right now, and many of us are re-learning how to think critically. It often comes with practice with questions when you learn the rationale behind the answers. If you insist on starting early, brush up on your anatomy and physiology, and start reading up or watch youtube videos on fundamentals.
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    Unfair Fundamentals Clinical Testing?

    I understand how stressful performing skills can be in front of your instructor, and when you're given a time limit, that probably increased your anxiety a bit. You really should've asked to practice those skills so you could've familiarized yourself with the equipment. I understand you have your own life outside of school, but so many other people do as well. Were you the only person in your class to perform poorly? If so, you have to find it in yourself to take ownership of your actions. Then again, perhaps some schools may not have the resources/staffing to have their students come practice on their own outside of class time. In this case, you could've asked your instructor if you could've spent a few minutes before or after class to practice.
  13. I'm still going for my RN, but I'm considering this program when I go for my BSN. I hope someone can chime in.
  14. imhorsemackerel

    What was the first thing you learned in Nursing School?

    For LPN school, our first class was Ethics, but the instructor actually went through a brief history of nursing. We didn't go into handwashing until the second or third day when we had fundamentals.
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    How do I convince my parents to let me go through an LVN program?

    I don't think there's anything else you can say that will change their minds. I am going through that route, though. I went for LPN and opted for the two-year program over the one-year program. The second year I decided to apply for the LPN-RN at my CC. This was around February 2017. I was in the middle of my OB rotation. Every weekend I was sick. I was also working per diem nights at a group home. I needed to retake the TEAS test as the program wanted a more recent score. So I took it in February. I got an 80-something. I graduated from my program April 2017. I took an online class that was needed for the program from May-August. I took the NCLEX in July 2017. And as soon as I got my "unofficial" result, I began applying to as many places I could daily. Many asked for a license number, so I'd just save those applications and return once I got my number. I had a few interviews. Most of the offers were per diem or part time, but I accepted a full time position at a dialysis clinic in August 2017. The pay is significantly less, but I needed the benefits. Plus, I only work 3 days a week. I started working in September 2017. By around November I found out that I was accepted into the LPN-RN program, and I started January. Because I took the majority of the GE classes, I only need to take nursing classes and one GE class to get my degree. I'm also working and gaining some experience. Sure I want to pull my hair out most of the time, but I have loans from my first bachelor's. And seeing that number decrease each paycheck has been super satisfying. So I'll just make up a hypothetical situation if I were in your shoes and applying to my CC's LPN-RN program. Say I did a one-year LVN program that starts in September 2018, let's assume that I take the NCLEX a month after graduating, which would be October 2019. Unfortunately with the CC, they only admit students once a year and the deadline is August, so I would have to wait until the summer. But I'd still be able to get a job, gain some experience, etc until then. I then apply by the August 2020 deadline. I start the program January 2021 and finish with my RN May 2022. Yeah, that's definitely more work than just going directly into a 2-year RN program. A nice benefit to being an LPN first is that you potentially start working sooner (in this case 2019 instead of 2020). So there's that potential to learn and hone new skills, see if you really enjoy nursing, make connections and build a rapport with your coworkers. Many places also offer tuition assistance, so perhaps that might be something you're interested in? Just be sure to read the fine print as you may have to sign a contract that requires you to work full-time for 2 years or so after completion of the program. Once again, I'm not sure how you can change your parents' minds. I know when I was initially going for LPN, my parents kept asking me why I didn't go for BSN or the accelerated BSN programs. They also never accepted my answer, but once I got my license, and moved on to the LPN-RN program, they stopped dwelling on what I could have done or "should have done." And if you do decide to pursue this route, I hope your parents also become more supportive.
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    NCLEX is scheduled for April 11, 2018

    If mneomnics don't work for you, how about coming up with stories? Playing along with the suffixes like SaltineQueen mentioned, to remember benzodiazepines, think of, "-Pam and -Lam drove away in the Benz" Examples: diazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam. I don't know if my friend thought of this herself or looked online, but it's helped me. For LPN school, what really helped me was to make a list of all of the meds that were emphasized in class. I would then write everything little detail I remembered about each medication. I would then compare what I wrote to my text/notes and write the new info in another color. I also did this a couple of times with the classes.

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