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    Lindsey Runkel

    Thanks for sharing a positive story. It is just what I needed today!
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    University of Oklahoma LPN-BSN

    TBH? I have no clue. I'm not sure that there is a preceptor dynamic like there was in LPN school. You can email them or attend an information session for answers to your questions. You could also toss this question on to the Oklahoma Nurses (nursing?) Network facebook group, people are usually pretty good about answering.
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    I thought I wanted to be a L&D nurse...

    Is there an area that you are struggling with specifically? How are you studying for this course? I am an LPN-BSN student but I won't start OB until next semester. I did, however, have to pass challenge exams in OB, Mental health, med surg and PEDS before getting accepted into the program. I scored best in OB and I used a book called Reviews and Rationals Maternal-Newborn Nursing by Mary Ann Hogan to prep. It is available on Audible also, so if you haven't used your free trial you could get it for free and listen to it during you commute.
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    LPN-RN cost

    Ten years ago I paid about 1500 for my LPN program. My LPN to BSN program is going to be about 17k for tuition, books, fees, and uniforms. That does not include the cost of my 2 years of prerequisites. I live in Oklahoma (if that helps).
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    University of Oklahoma LPN-BSN

    Classes are one Saturday a month and testing is done during that time. The other testing is done online with your webcam running while running a blocker that prevents leaving the test. I am told the fall clinicals are "flexible" so you would likely be able to work them into your schedule. Clinical IV are a little more involved. One Wednesday in late Jan you will have to be at the OU hospital for an orientation. Then you will do 12 hour clinicals that Thur. and Friday. There will be another round of Thur Fri clinicals a week or two later in Feb. There are clinicals involved in the nursing leadership class also but again I am told they are "flexible" and there is a possibility to complete them at your job. By looking at the schedule for Spring 2019 on the OUHSC website it appears that LPNs do ATI testing the last semester and there is a review class later for those who do not pass the test, and a retest date. Do you need to pass them before they graduate you? I don't know...but my guess is yes. I think that is kind of standard in RN programs. Do you plan to go full time, semi part time, or part time? LPN's need to pass the NLN challenge exams before applying and they offer those a few times a year. I recommend spacing the tests out by taking one or two during each exam period. The spots fill up fast though so if you want to do that you need to sign up as soon as registration opens. If you want to take them all at once over one 2-day testing period pick the earliest date so that if you don't pass one you still may have time to schedule a retest before the application deadline. I missed one exam by 1 point and the last exam date was full on all three campuses so I had to wait until the next application period. DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE! I did get in but instead of the full time 9 month program I was hoping for I applied to the next semi part time. Otherwise I would have had to delay my start for a year to get the full time program. Missing that 1 point means I will now graduate May 2020 instead of 2019 like I originally planned. It turned out to be a blessing. The semi part time program is more manageable for me and my home/work obligations.
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    The Pioneer Library System and Metropolitan Library System have a website that you can access for free with your library card to study for tests like ACT, Accuplacer, and even the NCLEX. I used that website and Khan academy to brush up on grammar and sentence structure type questions. I spent even more time using Barrons EZ math book to study because it has always been a weak area for me. I can't say for sure if the Accuplacer is "easy" but I recommend studying for it regardless because the remedial classes they will place you in if you don't score high enough will tack an extra semester (and hundreds of dollars) onto your education.
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    Anyone else regret becoming a nurse?

    Have you considered home health or hospice? I agree with Hoosier_RN, it is all about finding your niche. A co worker once told me, "The only time I felt like I really made a difference in someone's life was while working hospice."
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    Lower Columbia College LPN2RN?

    My sister graduated from that program in August. She and the 5 women she made friends with all had positive experiences and passed their boards on the first try
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    OUHSC LPN-BSN Spring 2019

    Anyone else applying for the Spring start? I hope to be accepted to the OKC campus. I submitted my app this week and now the nerves have set in. I gather from previous cohorts, that decisions will be sent out around Christmas. I would love to hear from others who are suffering the same long wait to compare stats and help pass the time.
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    No word from BON for NCLEX- When is it safe to apply for jobs?

    I would not apply for a nursing job until I passed the NCLEX. I am not familiar with jobs that will hire/ train you before you are licensed, but assuming there are some around I would wait until I had a test date before applying. I hope it works out for and you get your test date soon. Good luck!
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    How did you know when your specialty was THE one

    No AHA moment for me either. I just work to pay the bills. One of the perks of nursing is that you can move around every few years until you find something that fits. Hats off to all of you who have remained in your jobs for decades, that is really impressive.
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    I accepted the fact nursing isn't for me, what do I do?

    Are you currently working long term care? I ask because I have seen several new nurses get chewed up and spat out in a nursing home. My first job was in LTC and it was so hard even though I had a great mentor. I stuck with it and it all worked out in the end but I wouldn't advise others to start there. I wouldn't do it the same way if I could go back. I love LTC but 30 to 40 residents is too much for even a seasoned nurse. Add skilled charting, wound care, med administration, supervising staff, and unsupportive administration to that load and you have a perfect storm for burnout or even a trip to the board of nursing. I agree with all of the others that said "it's pretty normal to feel this way". Nobody leaves LPN school ready to confidently handle every situation. Don't let these feelings keep you from RN school. There is a reason you wanted in to the field, just focus on that. Remember that there are MANY fields of nursing, maybe where ever you are working now isn't where you are going to flourish best (and that's okay!).
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    OU LPN to BSN NACE Exam 2018

    Hi! Did you take your challenge exams? How did it go? I am applying for the Jan 2019 cohort as well. I passed Care of the Child last week and am all set to apply as soon as the applications open up.
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    Just can't get in....grades not good enough

    I looked it up and WA only has 5 (!!?!) LPN programs. That just seems crazy because in Oklahoma there are 49 campuses. I'm sure that speaks to WA preference for RN's. I'm sorry that you are having a hard time with your desired program. If you can't commute or relocate than it looks like your only option is to speak with the nursing academic advisor and go over your application point by point to see where you might be able to improve and become more competitive. Ditto to what Neo said also, make sure you have done everything possible for any available points on your application. Any certification or optional test is going to make a big difference. Which college is it that you are applying to, if you don't mind saying?
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    There are practice exams for the NACE II online. After you register for the test you have to set up a login on the NLN website, after logging in there is a tab that says "store". Go there and find the practice test for whichever subject you want and pay $8. They are about 50 questions and I found them to be mostly true to the actual exam EXCEPT on the real exam there were fill in the blank questions occasionally. The practice only gives you multiple choice. I recommend the Review and Rational series by Mary Ann Hogan also. I was able to get a book over each topic for less than $4 at thriftbooks.com. Hopefully this finds you in time to be helpful,
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    OU LPN-BSN program fall 2018 applicant.

    Congrats Jean-Lys. I didn't get to apply for the fall start due to missing my Peds challenge exam by 1 point. I will be applying this fall for a Spring start instead. Good luck to everyone who applied. I hope you all get the campus of your choice.

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