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EDWannaBe2020 LVN

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EDWannaBe2020 is a LVN and specializes in Rehab LVN.

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  1. EDWannaBe2020

    ACC Mobility Fall 2021

    Congrats guys! I ended up registering, but we don't get section choices. We are doing online lecture from 12-2 and then in person lab from 3-6 at the EVC campus each Weds. They have skills check off forms on the ADN website if you want to review them. A few friends of mine are in the program and say skills have no auto fails like the regular programs do. So, basically do the skill as closely as you can to what the paper says to do and you're good.
  2. EDWannaBe2020

    ACC Mobility Fall 2021

    Yeah he has been helpful at times, but he gets busy and doesn't typically want to sit around and study with me or talk about nursing--I don't blame him LOL. They have never offered skills in the Spring so this caught me off guard in relation to our work schedules. I asked about Summer, Cindy basically said she doesn't recommend anyone who got a petition for Spring to try for Summer, sadly. I'm playing it by ear and talking to my scheduler and manager. I know a couple ACNPs who were ER nurses where I worked. It's definitely doable just a long road but you can do it!
  3. EDWannaBe2020

    ACC Mobility Fall 2021

    Hey PandemicMedic, glad to see you applied! I'm just curious, what gave you the interest to switch to nursing? I just received a petition to enroll in RNSG 1140 skills for Spring, which is weird because they normally only offer it in Summer and fall. I'm emailing Cindy back to see if I can take the Summer session. My husband is an ER nurse and just took a new staff position at BSW, his orientation might interfere with the in person lab portion of the class (Two kids at home to look after). It is only on Wednesday, but is six hours long. Online 12-2 lecture and in person skills from 3-6. I haven't registered yet, waiting on news from the hubby and from the school. Only 16 seats are in this Spring class so maybe they are just offering it on a first come basis. I know 1140 skills is only for LVNs so I'm not sure how the rest works.
  4. EDWannaBe2020

    ACC Mobility Fall 2021

    Hey guys, anyone else out there putting in their application for mobility track Fall 2021? Are you an LVN, medic, surg tech, RT, etc? I just applied yesterday. Looking forward to see how this plays out. PS- Any medics who get in, I think you guys are amazing and would like to form a study group to collaborate. I'll help with the nursing side and would love some viewpoints on the ACLS/CC/skills side.
  5. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

    As an LVN, I would say just apply for everything and if you get into both, choose RN. I'm going back for RN for a reason, but being an LVN has been an awesome experience so far, and is a good backup if I ever need a job. And now with this whole "healthcare heroes" thing, everyone and their mother wants to be a nurse even more than before so there will be a lot of competition. You don't need any pre-reqs for the LVN program, so it's quicker to get in. BUT, if you can, do RN. And even better, do BSN if you have the means and the time. I wish I could have just gone straight to BSN b/c that's what the hospitals want now. But, you can only do what you can when you can in life 🙂
  6. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

    @Aislinn haven't looked, when is the application deadline for LVN Spring and fall 2021? I would recommend starting in the fall, as level 2 in the Summer is much more challenging as it is in the Spring (I know because I suffered through it!). Level 3 is also challenging in the Summer (according to the class that graduated right before me) but there are less clinical days and almost no care plans in level 3. But if you can't wait for a baby, start as soon as you're able. The LVN program is very challenging. I spent about 2-3 hours per day studying after 8 hour long lecture days and clinical days and entire weekends doing pass/fail care plans. Don't be fooled by Summer breaks, though, because RN students spend a lot of their "break" in the lab practicing skills for the beginning of semester skills check off and pharmacology exams. Same with LVN, I spent my between semester breaks pretty much practicing in the lab. And the only campus LVN is offered at is Eastview, which I don't mind even though I live in Leander. The professors are great, the drive sucks, but such is sacrifice. OK--- Babies and nursing school. I started nursing school with a 6 year old on the autism spectrum at home. Right before level 2 started in the Summer, I got pregnant. I was pregnant from May all the way until December graduation. It was hard, but it would have been much harder with an infant at home. When I got pregnant and told my instructors one of them said "Great! Just go through nursing school pregnant! No big deal!" You will just not be assigned certain pts in clinical (Shingles, pts with implanted chemo ... which we never saw anyway). There was also another pregnant girl in my cohort, and a girl who gave birth in the class behind us and came back 2 weeks later. It's just super hard with a new baby at home even with support. I ended up taking NCLEX 2 weeks before my due date and passed. Started work 6 weeks postpartum. So, if I recommend anything for someone wanting to start a family, get pregnant during the program with enough time to graduate (hoping the baby doesn't come premature) or after you start your first job. My pregnancy was unplanned, and I graduated valedictorian with an almost 4.0 GPA. Study your butt off and practice NCLEX questions every day. Knowing the material isn't enough to pass, you must know how to answer NCLEX style questions. Anyway hope that helped, you CAN do it no matter what route you choose.
  7. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

  8. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

    @mariah0418 After your first semester of nursing school you can apply for a CNA license. My little 40 bed rehab place always needs techs (CNAs). We are short a lot, especially if someone calls out. Many times they will assign a nurse to be a tech when we are short. Lots of places are desperate for CNAs, you just need to look outside the huge hospitals. @Deannaleee1 is completely correct. ANYTHING in the medical field helps immensely. I was a unit secretary in the ER for 2 years on nights, not even a tech, and just working in that environment made concepts in nursing school make complete sense because you see and deal with so much. Just go apply for anything medical-field related.
  9. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

    Aislinn, Check out the jobs available on sites like Indeed and you'll get a good idea. The big hospitals like Seton & St. David's hire mostly BSN only because they are after magnet status. *Source: My husband is an RN, BSN at a reputable hospital and they are actively hiring BSN majority of the time. Baylor hires LVNs to work in their clinics. Dialysis clinics, ARC, doc offices, psych hospitals (especially ASH), the state of TX, correctional facilities, rehab hospitals, home health, LTC, LTACH's like Cornerstone Round Rock, wound care companies, etc all hire LVNs. I got a job in March which was 3 months after graduation and is fast even by RN standards. I got a job after my professor recommended me to my employer because they knew the hiring manager and will recommend high performing students. I work in an inpatient rehab hospital on the night shift, three 12 hour shifts per week. I make $24/hr (more experienced nurses make more than me) and plan to go PRN soon as I go back to school and parent my infant. PRN makes more bc you forfeit benefits. It can get crazy, people code like at any other hospital, med pass is busy, I handle PICC lines, IV antibiotics, blood draws (both peripheral sticks and PICC blood draws), wound care, catheterizations, NG tubes, PEG tubes, trachs, respiratory issues, ostomies, pysch, post motor vehicle accident pts, stroke pts, MI pts, post surgical pts, with a heavy med/surg like ratio. I went from starting zero IVs in school to doing them at least once per week at work, especially when a patient rips them out. I do everything an RN does except start blood infusions and DC PICC lines. Everyone I graduated with has found a job by now. I'm going back for my RN simply bc the pay is greater and I can go work in the ER. I prefer the critical care scene. But the experience I'm gaining is priceless.
  10. EDWannaBe2020

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2021

    Sure, I have two lab packs (one more used than the other) and will gladly give them away and get my closet space back. LVN is 12 months long without any semester break. I did mine from January-December and graduated December 2019. I took NCLEX in late January. I took all of my RN pre-reqs before applying to LVN, but wanted to get into the field ASAP, as I am a mom in my early 30's and felt like wasting no time. Now that I know nursing is for me, I'm going back to get my RN as soon as humanly possible bc RN's do have more opportunity in terms of specialty. I worked in the emergency room for a couple years before nursing school and really want to go back to my old dept as an RN. SO I planned on applying to the Spring 2021 traditional track, but the schedule will be too busy for me while working with my two kids and I don't want to deal with the competition after seeing how many re-applicants there are. So I'm settling on waiting and doing the Fall 2021 mobility track.