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  1. animal1993

    Ending my LPN program next term. How to get ready for the NCLEX-PN

    Hi! I think I understand what you are asking!!! If I don't answer your exact questions, feel free to pm me. You can't take the NCLEX until after you graduate, and the school sends your paperwork/application fee and background check to the Board. (I know we're from different campuses, but I'm sure Hondros does it the same way at both.) As far as timing goes, I think it's within a couple of months of the Board receiving your application. You can't schedule your actual exam until after you receive your ATT. If you're wanting to start working ASAP, I would recommend that you go ahead and get your resume in order, because once you get the process started, it usually moves pretty quickly. Hope that answers your questions! Congratulations on your upcoming addition!!!
  2. animal1993

    Help me save my poor hands

    I really like Glove Me Tender from Bath & Body Works. Also, when my hands get really cracked and sore, I have been known to slather on some Desitin (reg. not creamy) while I watch tv. I'm always amazed at how much better they feel afterwards.
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    Are we not allowed to discuss patient cases at all?

    I have been wondering the same thing. Also, after visiting my grandma in the hospital over the weekend, I started wondering about another aspect of HIPAA. How do you avoid a violation when it comes to having more than one patient in a room? I mean, how can the medical staff have any kind of consult with a patient, without the other patient being able to hear what is being said about that patient's condition? (I'm still a nursing student, so I admit that I don't know a lot about how hospitals deal with this.)
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    Fear of Blood and Needles

    I must say that I am greatly impressed by the tolerance being shown in the above posts! I have seen other threads similar to this one where people have pretty much told the OP to either get over it, or get out of nursing! I have come a LONG WAY with overcoming my fear of blood and needles. But, I know that there will be times (at least for a while) that it will still get to me. I had no idea if I would be able to get past it, which is a scary thought when you consider how much time and money you are investing in your education! There is always the possibility that you won't be able to overcome you fears. But I really think that you will. Remember, most of the time it is a fear of the unknown, and how the body works, that causes people like us to have this aversion. Good luck!
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    Pinning Day

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    Hondros in Cincinnati

    Your welcome Mitchsa! You are correct; since you will have taken the online classes already, you will only have A&P for the first term. (I would recommend getting some of your RN online classes out of the way during the first term, because the rest of them will be CRAZY!!!) Have a good weekend!
  7. animal1993

    Hondros in Cincinnati

    Hi Mitchsa! If you take these classes in the LPN program, you do not have to take them again in the RN program. (I believe there is a second English class that you have to take in the RN program.) My advice is to take English 100 before you get to your 4th term. I made the mistake of following the course schedule, and am having a really hard time keeping up with all the papers that I have to write, along with everything else I have had to do this term (including HESI). Hope that helped!
  8. animal1993

    TO ALL the student Nurses !!!!!

    Well, I'm certainly glad to hear that you aren't one "those nurses". To answer your question: No, I don't think so at all. I was referring to MY experiences, and I was referring to more than just nurses.
  9. animal1993

    TO ALL the student Nurses !!!!!

    I understand your frustration, but as as student nurse (who is about to graduate), I must say that while some students "roll their eyes" and aren't willing to help, most are more than happy to assist the entire staff in any way they can. However, I must say that according to what I have experienced in my own clinicals, most (not all) of the staff treats students as if they are unwelcome and in the way. Even "good student nurses" can be reluctant to help if they think they're going to have to face the wrath of an angry staff member every time they turn around. Maybe they just need someone to help them build a little confidence in their skills, so that they can take more initiative in the clinical setting.
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    pls guyz, is NCsBN a good source to study from...

    Our class was required to complete the NCSBN program in order to be able to take the exit HESI (which I am taking on Dec. 3--wish me luck!). I have to tell you that I wasn't overly impressed. I felt as though the lessons were way too long to actually be able to absorb the information. I actually think the CD in the back of the Saunders NCLEX review book has been very helpful. There are literally thousands of questions to study. Good luck!
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    How do you handle cheaters?

    I am enrolled in an LPN to RN 1+1 program. Obviously, this means that I will complete the LPN program, and then move on to the RN program. The LPN program starts out with 60 spots, and the RN starts out with 32. So, we have to "compete" against each other in order to secure a spot in the RN program. So, let's think about this from a different angle: If I see someone cheating their way through the program, and I don't report it, what do you think is going to happen when it comes time to move on? There could be a very real chance that I could lose my spot to the person who cheated, simply because they're GPA is higher than mine. That kind of makes it my business, wouldn't you say?
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    Stethoscope question

    Several students in my class have the pink Littman, and they all complain that they cannot get the tubing clean once it starts getting any kind of pen markings, etc., on it. (One of the reasons I didn't purchase one.) I personally went with the Littman Master Cardio and think that it was totally worth it. I think the ones referred to in the above post are also excellent choices. It really just depends on you (and your hearing). I have slight hearing loss in one ear (difficulty with certain tones, etc.) and the Master Cardio is the only one that I can get 100% accurate BP's with. I would recommend asking some of your fellow students if you could try theirs out so you can get a better idea of which one suits your needs.
  13. I was faced with the possibility that I had thyroid cancer a few weeks ago. (I know that it's one the "best" types of cancer to get, but that doesn't comfort you very much when you hear the big "C" word.) I had to have a fine needle biopsy done, and I can't even begin to tell you how terrified I was of the procedure. Not only was I afraid of the possible diagnosis (which ended up being that I don't have cancer), but I must admit that I am not a fan of needles. (Especially when they're going into my throat!) When my name was called, I went from being 34 years old to feeling like a scared 10-yr old. I was convinced that everyone was going to make me feel like an idiot for being afraid, since this has been my experience in the past. However, the ultrasound tech really went out of her way to explain everything to me, and made sure that I was as comfortable as possible during the entire procedure. I will never forget her, and she will always be the person that I try to model my behavior after.
  14. I have a 4yo and a 1yo. If my husband isn't home, I have to wait until my DS (the 1yo) takes his nap to get any serious study time in. As for my 4yo DD, I set her up at the dining room table with some play-dough, and that usually keeps her pretty happy (with occasional minor disturbances) while I study across the table from her. She's usually pretty content just to be in the same room as I am! :)
  15. animal1993

    Hondros in Cincinnati

    Hello again! Well, that does sound a little odd. Maybe the person who handles all of the financial aid just isn't organized? Our FA person is always on top of things, so I guess that's the difference. As for the school licensing, I'm not aware of any problems, but I checked the Board of Nursing website, and Hondros is still listed as having full accreditation. So, I wouldn't worry too much about that statement! I hope everything works out for you!
  16. animal1993

    Hondros in Cincinnati

    Hi Catrat! The last thing that I heard (West Chester, anyway) was that they were trying to get all of the financial aid by the end of July. Hopefully, it will be the same for you!