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I live in St. Petersburg, Florida. I have been married for 13 years, I have an 18 years old son and 2 fur babies. I am a recent graduate - from LPN school.

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    NCLEX PN - Which book helped you the most?

    Awesome! thanks for the info - I really do appreciate it!!!
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    Who pays for your pin?

    I can see everyones point and understand where everyone is coming from.. I supposed it would be nice to get offered a pin to purchase at perhaps a lower cost??? I think some said it was $5? not sure - but $80 is 2 weeks of gas for me to actually get to school and the hospital.. Out of curiosity, where do you wear your pin -on your name badge? just curious as I don't think I have ever seen anyone in the hospital with a pin on.. I was wondering where you would wear it? Our wonderful clinical teacher offered to pin us in our own little ceremony with pins we selected.. perhaps that is what our little group might do? Especially as she was our mentor.. and she is not allowed at the school ceremony.
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    Who pays for your pin?

    I like the ribbon idea... that's a nice thought.. I am so ticked off with school I could not bring myself to fork over $80... I got my CNA license almost 2 years ago.. when we finished they GAVE us a super nice PIN... You might think that at $17K in tuition they might do something... we don't even get dinner offered.. we bought our cap/gown! from the school nontheless! Our tickets to give to family/friends to the ceremony are on business cards that they made... how tacky?? really???
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    NCLEX PN - Which book helped you the most?

    CONGRATS!!! you must feel so relieved! that's exactly what I wanted to know!!! thank you so much! Also, sorry if a dumb question... but what is the "pop up"? I read that in other posts and was wondering what that meant... lol!
  5. Hello - I graduate Friday from LPN school . I will be applying for my sit date in the next 10 days. So, I am hoping to have a test date by about mid June - which seems to be the timeline for the previous graduating class. I have been using my green 4th edition Saunders since I started a year ago, we have used it all thru school - it has been my go-to. Recently, I purchased the Saunders Q&A review and the Lippincott NCLEX-PN review for study/practice purposes now that I'm done with school (for use in all my free time). I guess my big question is for those who have taken the NCLEX, have you found one book over another is closer to the way in which the questions are actually asked on the actual NCLEX itself? I have lived in my Saunders book for the last year.. so much that I almost have the green book CD memorized... with that being said I don't think the Saunders questions prepared me well for the HESI... So, just looking for some straight-forward advice on the book situation and what those who have been there - done that thought??? thanks a bunch!!
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    Who pays for your pin?

    Our graduation ceremony is next Friday... we were given the option to "purchase" a pin. They are $80. which we all thought was allot as we are all struggling nursing students... We asked for permission to buy pins online.. even agreeing to purchase from the same place. The answer was NO! We all signed a petition - still the dean said NO. So, out of 49 grads, I think 10 might have bought a pin...
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    2011 Graduate Nurses Make Some Noise

    I took my final Friday... and passed with a B! weird, but I still have 1 clinical day.. Monday - then Graduation on FRIDAY!!! YIPPEEEE!!! It's for my LPN, I have worked really hard for it this year... and I am starting pre-req's for my RN in 2 weeks..
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    What is a typical day like for an LPN?

    I'm in LPN school and doing clinicals in a very large hospital. I see LPN's and RN's everywhere. They seem to have very distinct duties as do the PCT's.. but all are so nice, hardworking and extremely respectful of each other. As an LPN student the RN's are very sweet and are wonderful at teaching and working with us. While I was doing my rotation in the LTC facility I only saw LPN's/CNA's. The LPN's spent allot of time passing meds, doing skin assessments and working on the wound care team. I do plan on continuing and going to RN school, but I will be proud to be an LPN.
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    What is a typical day like for an LPN?

    I was curious.. what state do you work in?? it sounds like your scope of practice is large and sounds great!! I'm in LPN school so just wondering... :)
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    Why are Florida RNs paid so low?

    I am currently in nursing school, live on the central gulf coast of Florida and have been told over and over again by the RN's at my clinical sites that many other states especially Kentucky, Ohio pay much better and cost of living is less.. Florida is not all it is cracked up to be, the heat is miserable, the cost of power is outrageous and the working conditions are awful. I am sure there are pro's and con's to where ever you decide to live, I would not mind a change of season's, the ability to do outdoor activities in the summer w/out worrying about heat exhaustion. Florida is a right to work state so employers are not held accountable and their attitude is obvious. I do appreicate the websites posted on this link - I will be using to look for my new job upon graduation!!!
  11. I am so glad you posted, it's nice to hear from those in the RN program!!! I am currently in Galen's LPN program, I began in Feb 2010 - however I froze during the midterm CPE (bolus) and did not pass ( I also missed a couple of labs and paid the price) , so am repeating Fundamentals and will be graduating with the May 2011 class. I continued Science/Nursing Health... passed those with flying colors!!! :) I must say - I too really like Galen. Yes, it is hard work.. I spend ALL my spare time studying, but I love it! I love my clinicals, my clinical instructor and all the fantastic stuff I am learning and actually doing.. and am so excited to move into the hospital site in a few weeks. I would recommend Galen to anyone, I already have my Saunders NCLEX-PN book and use it daily. I helps me with our tests in class and I know that the next 9 months will fly by! Your so right about them teaching in the mindset of an RN, I realized last week we are studying and keeping in the mindset of an RN, all of our "critical thinking" is very detailed - as you know... Your path for school is exactly what my plans are... I think that is so cool!!!! I plan on staying at Galen thru LPN and getting my RN - I will be starting the RN program in May 2011, then going to UT.I have already gone over and talked with the admissions staff at UT and they love Galen students. Interestingly enough my ortho surgeon's wife took this same path a few years ago and is now a nurse practitioner. Please let me know how it goes for you... do you plan on starting UT as soon as you are done in November. You are in the same graduating class as one of my favorite people at Galen - JG. She has been truly an inspiration to me. Well, back to my care plan!!! Take Care -
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    PTEC St. Pete vs. Galen Tampa Bay...Driving myself crazy!

    @ Manda, how are you doing at PTech? A friend of mine started the program at thee clearwater campus in June... Her clinicals are at the same place I was doing mine, pretty cool!! program seems set up quite differently from Galen's, which I thought was interesting... she seems to like it! @ SB - that is great to know.. how cool that you can start in PCT program then transition to the LPN program!! that is just fantastic!! my sis-in-law has been accepted and is slated to start at Erwin in March 2011, I am super excited for her... so many people seem to have nice things to say about Erwin! just and update I started Galen in Feb and I love it!! It is tough.. but then that is nursing school, right? I am learning allot and really enjoying myself. Galen is a tough school, the teachers are great, I love my classmates but it sure require allot of study time! I look forward to hearing about your experiences!!!
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    rotator cuff surgery

    Wow - sounds like your husband was in a pretty bad accident... Interestingly, I obtained my shoulder injury in a car accident, I was rear-ended. I unfortuantely used to have the habit (idk why?? ) of sitting with my arms locked on the steering wheel.. then I collapsed and hit the ground - so who knows how, but I ended up with a torn labrum, and calcium deposits. I did not know I was getting it, but had a nerve block too - it helped for 2 days. I ended up getting a labrum repair - 2 anchors, and my op shaved the tip of my humerous to clear up the bursitis. After 1 yr of cortisone, PT nothing else helped. Now, I wish I did not have the surgery.. It is such a long recovery. I am driving, out of the sling, but only 5 weeks post-op. I am doing allot of ROM and streatching at home along with the PT - but am anxoius to get back to some weight bearing as I have clinicals 1 day a week... my shoulder aches when used and I am starting to get terrible headaches from the tension. Did your husband ever get massage therapy after his surgery? I try to massage the area to break up the scar tissue, relieve the tense muscle away from the surgical anchors. I was also reading today about ACT, pressure point therapy... I guess I am feeling desperate - and we all know what that leads too.. I am extremely disappointed as I am only in my 1st qtr LPN school and cannot miss clinicals. Using it 1 day for a few hours feels OK, I pay for it for a couple days afterwards... Sorry to ramble - guess I just have so much I am thinking about with the shoulder injury - I am realizing how isolated you end up feeling - I am hoping in some cruel way this is a lesson for me - to one day understand my patients a little better and know the feeling of helplessness that comes with injury...
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    rotator cuff surgery

    Wow - you were able toleft 50 pounds after 3 months... how did you work your way to that? Im asking as I am trying to work getting my ROM, going to PT but also doing allot at home.. that is such great progress just wondering how I can get there.. I ice and use ibuprofen for swelling... then exercise. thanks!!
  15. I don't really know anything about Brewster, but you don't take the Teas to get into Galen, they have their own test called the PAX.. Just thought I would mention it... as an option. Good luck!! :)
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