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    Bayada Nursing

    Thank you for your reply. I had my interview today. I was very impressed with them. I have had interviews at 2 other agencies before and I was completely turned off. Didn't seem like they cared about pt. safety....wanted to just send people right out to a residence to start. I knew I liked them as soon as I stepped in the door. I was there from 11-3. Long interview. I also had to take a test which wasn't bad. Only got 1 wrong although I think my answer was the correct choice...lol. I have no pediatric experience and that was my biggest concern. Gave me a big book to study and when I am ready I can come take a written test. After I pass that on to their clinical lab. I was told they require a minimum of 16 hrs. shadowing time but I can take as much time as I need. Going to work some of the less invasive cases first. After 6 months I am going to train for vent/trach and also start being a STAT nurse. They have cases 5 mins. from my house. I am excited about this. I currently drive 45 mins to work and the gas is eating alot of my paycheck. Although I haven't officially started working with them I recommend anyone interested in HH try an interview with them. Hopefully it will continue well. In case anyone is interested. Northern PA hourly is 22.00 for pediatric care. Thanks Again!
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    Bayada Nursing

    Hello everyone, Was hoping for some help. I have been an LPN for 18 months now. I currently work at an inpatient drug/alcohol detox unit. I have applied to Bayada and have an interview tomorrow. They are aware that my experience is not med surg. They said they are okay with that because they will train me and also have me test out on any clinical skills. I have always wanted to be a HH nurse. I have to say though I am feeling quite scared. I have no doubt that whatever training they give me I will excel at. I love learning new skills and refreshing ones I haven't used in awhile. What I am scared of is if they are truly going to give me training. I would never want to go into a home not being prepared. I searched this site for other Bayada questions but they really weren't what I was looking for. Has anyone started with them that needed refresher training? Did they really come through with it? I haven't heard anything bad about them. I live in PA and they do have a good reputation. I would appreciate anyone commenting...especially if you have been in a similar situation. Thanks so much in advance.
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    Where are you located

    Northeastern PA!!!
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    Any student nurses with chronic illness?

    Hi there, I start my LPN course this Wednesday. I am also very nervous. I have been waiting for years to be able to go. My goal is to do my LPN and then I will be doing a weekend program for RN. I didn't think I would be able to handle going right for my RN at this time because of my health and family. Anyway, I have been ill since 1996. I was first dx'd with probable MS. I was treated for several years but didn't have any relief nor progression. Just 2 years ago it was found that I have actually had lyme disease. Since I was treated for several years with steroids the disease ran ramped throughout my body. I have had many neurological problems because of it. I also am positive for several other co-infections of lyme. I was treated for for almost a year with antibiotics. I felt almost 100 percent better and I started applying for school. It was right after I got accepted that all my symptoms came back. I am again on very heavy doses of antibiotics plus supplements to boost my immune system. I really know where your coming from. I have felt better these last few weeks but I am so afraid of backsliding. I am trying to push forward and stay positive. I have already been very honest and up front with my school. Although having absences are not accepted I needed them to understand it is a possibility for me at this time. Try to really take care of yourself. When your body tells you to rest you need to listen to it. If you get overtired it will only make your disease worse. I don't know if lack of energy and fatigue are a problem for you. It was a huge problem for me. My doctor tested my b12 levels and found them to be borderline. He decided to have my try b12 injections and see if they help. They have worked wonders for me. That might be something you can discuss with your doctor. There have been recent studies on b12 injections in regards to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue system. Even if these patients levels were not very low it was shown to improve energy. I hope I have helped even if it is just because I know how your feeling. Best of luck with your schooling and healthy wishes.
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    Hey all

    I start August 27. My orientation is August 11th. I am anxious to get my schedule and find out about our uniforms. What do you think would be appropriate to wear to orientation? I was thinking business casual. I know that when I went for my interview there were several other people there and they were dressed like slobs. I felt way over dressed but you can never tell if your being judged on that. What do you guys think?
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    Hey all

    I live in PA too. My school is in Wilkes-Barre. My ride is 30 miles one way. Winters get tough here. It is pretty rural where I live so the roads aren't tended to the best. Hopefully we will have a mild winter and won't have to worry about it.
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    Hey all

    I hear you duranurse, I just turned 34...have a little one starting kindergarten and a son going into seventh grade. I am as nervous as heck. I start in August too. My orientation is August 11th. Good luck everyone!!!
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    Stop smoking before school starts?

    I quit cold turkey but my hubby used meds. He first did the Wellbutrin. It worked well while he was on it. When he tapered off of it though all heck broke loose. I walked into our bedroom and he was on the bed crying. I asked him why and he said he didn't know why. Withdrawal from the med caused him to have depression for several days. It didn't work for him anyway and he started smoking shortly after. The Chantix worked really good for him. He hasn't smoked or taken the Chantix for several months now. He said it was the best thing he ever tried. I hope this helps. Smoke free for 19 days now
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    Stop smoking before school starts?

    I quit smoking 16 days ago . I didn't want to smell like smoke or be craving a cigarette during the day. It was tough, especially the first 4-5 days. I was really nasty to my poor hubby and my kids steered clear of me...lol. I did it cold turkey. I also had to stop drinking coffee. I couldn't handle having a cup without a cigarette. I had my first cup this morning since quitting. My husband used Chantix several months ago and it worked great for him. He hasn't re-started even though I had continued smoking. You can do it...it' hard but after that first week it gets alot easier. Good luck...
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    $31,500...is that too much for a lpn program?

    Wow...that is alot. I live in PA and I am going to a technical school. I think my total is around 14,000. I thought my tuition was a little high. What school is that?
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    Who is starting LPN in August?

    Count me in. I am starting August 27th. My orientation is August 11th. I am pretty excited but really nervous too. I start the day after my little girl starts kindergarden. I have waited 12 years, since the birth of my son, to have some alone time while the kids are at school. I only have 1 day....LOL. If anyone else is in PA and going to the Wilkes-Barre Technical school I would love to hear from you.
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    Need some support because of fear of failing

    Thankyou..and I understand how you feel. I can't just sit her in idle wondering if I am going to be well enough. I dediced awhile back not to go for my RN just yet. I applied for LPN instead. I figured I should test the waters before I dive in. I know I love working in the health field so I know I will be happy being an LPN. I took my entreance exam, had my interview and just received my acceptance letter yesterday. I will be starting this August 27. Yay....I am proud for making in this far. The only down side is I am having a relapse of my lyme symptoms. Apparently I wasn't cured afterall. I will push forward though. I start back on some low dose doxycylcine tommorow. I think I could muddle through the pain of it but the constant fatigue is a barrier. Hopefully this will be nipped in the bud before my start date. Thank you all so much for your encouragment. It really means alot.:redpinkhe
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    New start date, feel anxious, need advice...

    Hi, Sorry to hear of your recent health issues. I am kind of in the same boat. I applied to school and have already taken my entrance exam. I have my interview next week. If all goes well I should be starting at the end of this August. I have been really ill for the last several years. I was wrongly dx'd with MS and it ended up being Lyme disease. I was so so sick. I still have multiple health problems because of it. I no longer need a PICC line though and I have been off of oral abx for about 5 weeks now. I have been really stressed, scared, anxious..you name it...about starting my LPN program. It has been something I have wanted to do for so long. I am concerned about being able to handle everything due to my illness. I have decided to stop worrying about it and go for it. I think I would feel like more of a failure if I just didn't try. I really know where you are coming from. I say GO FOR IT. My new life motto is...The only way out is through. We will get through this and we will be nurses. Good luck to you and I sending healthy wishes your way.:heartbeat
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    please help - which test for school??

    I think it all depends on the school you apply to. Some of the NET or TEAS. My school in PA had the Arnett DET exam. It did not include Science which I found to be strange. Actually, the English was the hardest. Your best bet would to be find the school you want to apply to on-line and search thier site. It will usually tell you on there plus they might mention some good study guides. You could always call the school too. I hope this helped. Good luck to you. By the way, whichever test you take brush up on you fractions and conversions.
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    What job should a new LPN graduate take?

    I am just getting ready to start LPN school and I thought I would share what my plans after graduation are. First of all, before deciding to goto LPN school I checked out all the hospitals I was interested in working in. I called many human relation depts. and found out that the hospitals in my area still utilize LPN's in most every dept. except for critcal care. That was good news. The starting pay rates weren't to bad either. For myself personally I don't really want to work in LTC. I did that for several years and it is just not my thing. I will do it if I have to but I would rather not. I really want to work in Med Surg after graduation to gain all the experience that I can. I think if I went right to the psych hosp. that I want to eventually work in I would lose alot of my skills that I learned in school. I am willing to take pay cuts just so I can really learn what I am supposed to be doing. The State Psych hospital here pays really good for LPN's. I eventually want to work there and take advantage of there scholarship program. Just my . I feel the more experience we gain the better off we are. Especially if we continue to RN. I am hoping that it will make my schooling a little less grueling. Good luck to you.
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    Need some support because of fear of failing

    Thank you for that support. It made me feel like I can do this. I also have generalized anxiety disorder. I personally think it is post traumatic stress from everything I have been put through for these last 11 years. I do take medication for it but I just had to switch to Cymbalta. I have been taking it for about 3 weeks and it is not working out so well for me. I wake up in the middle of the night with panic attacks..they just come out of the blue. Plus, the med is making me feel really strange. On a better note. I have some good news to share. I PASSED my entrance exam!!!!:bowingpur I have never studied so much in my life. I took it on Monday and got the results instantly since the test was on the computer. I scored an 88% combined score. It wasn't as good as I hoped for but the instructor giving the test said it was a very good result compared to alot of other people. I feel so proud for taking the first step. Thank you all for letting me come here and share. I have often looked at nurses and that of how strong they must be to handle all of the stressors in thier jobs...never realizing that many of them are struggling with thier own health issues. Best wishes of health to all. :heartbeat