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Natasha has 1 years experience as a CNA, LVN and specializes in Psych.

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  1. Natasha

    Struggling! LPN School

    I've walked in your shoes many of times during the LVN program especially during first semester. My entire class who had some CNAs and EMTs failed the final and yet we moved on to the 2nd semester, but it was a struggle for the entire class. I say that to let you know that everyone is in the same boat learning how to become a LVN. Having medical knowledge helps to a certain degree, but not overall. You will be given terms like nursing process (Assessment, Diagnosis, planning, implementation, Evaluation) and critical thinking which is another word for problem solving. You are a problem solver. You will use the nursing process step by step to solve a problem.You will need to know your A&P to help solve the patient's problem. Nursing process -especially ASSESSMENT is the most important step to solving the problem. Assessment include knowing your A&P and patients basic human needs (respiration, safety, etc) to help prioritize which problem to solve first because no patient comes in with just one problem ☺ So basically you will have to put all the pieces together your A&P and basic human needs for the patient. You will need to brush up on A&P. test taking strategies can only get you so far. A&P is vital. Also look at your chapter summaries and key points to focus on what's important for the exam. A great place to start learning how to be a problem solver is your Saunders book and nursing care plan book. Ask your teacher to teach you how to study your textbook and take notes as well. Or do a search on here too. I'm confident you will make it! Nursing process will be with you during school and on your nursing job
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    How hard is LPN school?

    Definitely search on here test taking techniques for beginning nursing students. Nursing exams are NCLEX format exams designed to measure knowledge, nursing judgment and critical thinking. Many students struggle with this.Most programs are 4 hour lectures, simulations, care plans, 5 chapter tests, quizzes, 12 hour clinical shifts, dosage calculations, pharmacology etc. You should look into asking yourself questions such as: How many hours are you working during school? Do you understand nursing judgement and critical thinking ? Nursing school grading scales are different and most schools you need 75% to pass.
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    How hard is LPN school?

    Will your program be online?
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    No hands on skill labs?

    Congratulations on getting a student extern position. Your can do attitude will help you go far. You can do this! 🙂
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    Primary v.s. Secondary Diagnosis?

    Hey! We've all have been there in your shoes. Here is an excellent article post I wasn't sure whether you knew about the allnurses search bar tool with entering keyword secondary diagnosis or vice versa. There are many great posts. ☺ I'm confident you will do well on your care plan. Any questions we are here to help
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    How to handle patient’s threats

    Great thread! Thanks everyone for your contribution. OP I really hope you found some amazing ideas on here 🙂
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    Burnt out PCT/nursing student

    HI Blueskiesandsunshine.PRN I love your eagerness to learn attitude. 🙂 It will get you far in health care. You seem very interested in learning about drugs and procedures which is fine, but you also mentioned that you are not that good in basic care. I say hang in there and try to work on setting goals for yourself to work improving your basic care skills first. Basic care skills is not only considered grunt work, but it can feel that way when you are a nursing student learning more advance procedures. I really hope you change your heart on looking at being a PCT as grunt work and see it as you making a contribution for your team. Focus on the big picture. You are valuable girl 🙂 Being a PCT will help you learn time management and when you become a RN, you will have a leg up understanding how to manage your PCT's because you were once one. It will help with your communication skills too because as a RN you will need to delegate to PCTs and sometimes how you approach your PCT makes all the difference. I really wish there was something else I can say but hang in there you can do this. While you are there find someone you can at least shadow or observe. You are still learning and grasping a lot of great information as a student nurse. There are many learning opportunities. Also, to add to your resume, If you are interested in medication why not look into becoming a med tech also, I recommend to stay because depending on your long term goal, working now as a PCT is a resume booster
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    NCLEX help

    watch 5-10 minute videos or read your medsurg book, A&P, patho. Review the normal heartbeat conduction system first, then review normal potassium and expected cardiac symptoms, abnormal potassium and expected cardiac symptoms. the prior knowledge you learn must build Saunders is a great tool. unfortunately many including myself just was not taught HOW to study the 77 chapter book UWorld is great too. I used UWorld when it was $45.00 in 2016. However, If I had to do it all over again Saunders is a great book to use as well. In conclusion, to answer this question you will need to have prior knowledge Find a study partner, tutor or learn how to help you break the questions down. Hope this helps 🙂
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    How to prepare for first term of ADN?

    Congratulations for getting accepted into nursing school. That's a huge accomplishment! I've attended a LVN program which is equivalent to your first year of nursing school and what I would recommend to prepare for nursing school is you want to study like you are making the transition from student nurse to working RN from day one. That means taking what you learned in A&P and problem solve like a nurse. The gaps I encountered was taking what you already know and applying it to nursing subjects. For example you've learned about blood pressure in A&P. When you get to nursing school you are going to learn about taking a patient's blood pressure. Then you will learn that there are classifications for blood pressure like normal blood pressure, prehypertension, stage 1 hypertension, stage 2 hypertension. Also, when you were in A&P and you learned about blood pressure, you also learned about blood pressure from the different ages (infant, child, adolescent, adult , elderly) That can be a challenge at first, but it's not impossible to learn. Just be a person who is always willing to learn. 🙂 Other resources ask your professor for help. Youtube RegisteredNurseRN is a great resource and Mark Klimek audios as well as Saunders book
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    NCLEX Struggle

    I'm in CA so the number of times are unlimited. I am not sure for the other states. You can do a search on here titled "This is my xx amount of time taking it and I finally passed" So it is possible to pass with xx numbers of times. what is it that you are having trouble with? The most common reasons are usually not having a strong grasps of exam-testing skills, nursing test taking skills ( ie. ABC, Nursing Process, Safety), lack of knowledge with physiology/pathophysiology, or how to breakdown nursing type questions using keywords and bloom taxonomy. If I was in your shoes, I would self evaluate my past results before buying another prep course. That way you will know what you need to do differently. You can do this! *heart*
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    Nursing School Supplies/Resources?

    Congratulations for getting accepted into nursing school! https://allnurses-breakroom.com/books-every-nursing-student-should-t34687/ *Have a great pathophysiology book
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    Any suggestions

    You can do this! understand rationales and apply critical thinking (analyze, synthesis, evaluation)- please keep us posted. 🙂
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    A&P and Chemistry

    Your welcome Savannah! 🙂
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    A&P and Chemistry

    Congratulations on pursuing your nursing career. It's possible to take both classes, but there are many factors to really know if its doable for you. A&P is a class that's weighs a lot for admission criteria and you want to strive for ALL prerequisites with a 4.0 GPA. Would you have time to study to get an A for two heavy classes? ( not saying its heavy for you but statistically most people say science classes are challenging) only you will know what you can and can not handle 🙂 wish you the best!
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    Med Surg Resource Recommendations?

    You are welcome!!
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    Med Surg Resource Recommendations?

    Sarah RN youtube keithnurse on youtube Your nursing textbook is your best source and pay attention anything that may cause a nurse failure to recognize deterioration while reading your textbook