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  1. ramonabeth

    Is this a reasonable expectation?

    I am currently in a part-time LPN program. It's taking us 18 months to complete a 1-year program. I'm not working AT ALL and its still hard and time-consuming. I have classmates with kids doing this program, but their kids are in public school / daycare. I'm putting in an average of 4 hours 5 days a week study time AND 12 hours a week of evening classes AND 20 hours every other weekend at the hospital for the clinical rotation. And I'm only getting a B. I got A's in all the prerequisites. Just thought I'd let you take that information and think about how your current life could deal with those changes. Maybe you could look at being a CNA while your kids still need you at home and go on to RN when they are done.
  2. ramonabeth

    Losing hope....

    You may have test anxiety or you may be someone that needs to hear the questions spoken aloud. I would get evaluated to see what is up. Its pretty common and many schools have programs to help with test taking. I'd do that before entering in any more academic classes. Good Luck with the MedTech thing.
  3. ramonabeth

    How do I deal with clinical sites treating students like garbage?

    I'm also an LPN student doing most of my clinical rotations at an SNF / rehab. I've been going there for about 9 months now. I've literally been ready to quit because of one of those nasty bully nurses then a few kind words from another pulled me off the ledge. Here is the irony. The nurse that pulled me aside and told me I was going to be a great nurse someday was the boss. Clinicals are just like a job, since they are basically job training. There will be people you like and those you don't. When you have spare time, do you ever go ask if there is something you can do to help? Maybe a Blood sugar or Routine vital signs? Our clinical instructor encourages us to do these things. It really makes a difference with most nurses that we are willing to pitch and be useful. There will always be that one who you can't please. That's about her, not you. Look around and figure out what else there is to be done and learn. If you are huddling as a group, you are not learning anything. Maybe take the time to talk to your patient and ask how their illness affects their life. There is a lot to learn there if you look for it. Remember, you paid a lot of money to be there. Get everything out of it you can.
  4. ramonabeth

    Crap! Am I a crusty old bat nurse?? Carrying pens...

    I'm in a unique position as both a crusty old fart and a nursing student. I always have pens. At least 2, one for me and one for a classmate that forgot their stuff that day. Not always the same student, but there is always one. I have noticed an expectation in the 20 somethings. They still think they are in grade school. I think its worse in LPN school because the collegiate system hasn't trained them yet. When I was a 20 something, we were called the slacker generation. We thought we had our stuff together but probably didn't. I just think 20 somethings are still learning to be adults. Public schools did not require any personal responsibility like having pens. Its new to the young ones.
  5. I'm second guessing my choice to be a nurse, but I'm wondering if I just chose the wrong program. Due to an unfortunate series of events, we had to move out of state right before I was supposed to start my ADN program. The area I moved to had an LPN program that was starting mid-summer. I thought it was a good way to keep moving forward, but now I'm kinda stuck in this program full of people who are not college material. All they do is complain that everything is too much work and we spend way too much time because of morons trying to negotiate their way out of homework, etc. One of our instructors is an older lady who I suspect has a hearing problem and a very quiet voice, and she can't control the classroom. It's like being in high school again. Last class period, there was a group in the back of the room having their own conversation and the instructor couldn't get their attention to ask them to stop. It's like the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Every Friday morning I start to rethink whether Nursing school was the right choice. I wonder if another program would be any different. I wonder if another program is an option. I don't feel like this after clinicals. Those usually rejuvenate me. I really don't know what to do. There may not really be anything to do. Maybe, I just needed to vent.
  6. ramonabeth

    VERY First Clinical

    My first clinical is a week from today. I'll get back to you.