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I'm 21, married, a homemaker, and I have two children ages 3 and 1. I decided to go to school and become an LPN because I've always been interested in nursing, but didn' want to get my RN and then work a few years and hate it lol. We'll see!! ;D

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  1. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    I think we'll all get sick of care plans lol... I think it's funny how we all freak out in the beginning and then we finally get the hang of it and it's like "wow... not bad!" Best of luck with the rest of your level!! I can't wait to get started!!!
  2. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    Just wanted to see how everyone was dealing!! Where is everyone at so far?? Level I is over as of this Thursday, and I'm extremely proud of myself ! I wasn't sure I'd do well but so far so good; I have all A's!! Today is my last day of Intro. to Med-Surgical Nursing and It was really interesting. The final is tomorrow and then we get all our Level II stuff and meet our new instructors. So I'm 33% done with my program lol... We lost about 9 people along the way, either because they quit or failed ... It got really tough during certain check-off's and some couldn't stand the pressure. By God's grace and sheer determination, I'm moving forward. I am not taking a moment of this for granted :)... The most challenging part of this for me was clinical, but I loved working with the residents. I've learned a lot about myself, and nursing school has challenged me in so many ways, including my personal life. I've never loved/appreciated my husband as much as I do now :redbeathe!! Good luck everyone!!! :lol2::lol2:
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    Oh, I'm so confused!!

    I was extremely nervous about becoming a nurse. I had no health care experience, and I had no clue what to expect. I'm wrapping up my first 6 months of my PN program and all I can say is that I LOVE IT! I have all A's and I'm learning so much. You'll never know unless you try, but in the end it's you decision . Good luck!!
  4. I just finished level I of my LPN program, and we are now able to sit for the CNA exam. I am trying to figure out where I can get the Red Cross book to study, because I was told they do certain things a little differently then we are taught in PN school. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? I'd like to work as a CNA on the weekends to get more health care experience before I graduate. Thanks so much!!
  5. So Wednesday 4-21-10, I am scheduled for my first check off in basic care. It's done using a "lottery" system so you don't know what skill you will have to perform until that day. It could be CBB, Oral Care, Hand Hygiene, ROM exercises, moving the patient from bed to wheelchair and v.v. ... You pick a paper from a "hat" and it will have two of these skills and you will be required to perform them perfectly. You know the drill lol... The problem is that I am not sure HOW to approach studying. I was thinking that I can make flashcards for all the steps, with rationale on the opposite side of the skill. I can go over them and drill them into my brain, and then just practice them on my kids and husband as much as I can. I'm planning on going into the lab to practice on the mannequins and I'm going to talk to a few other people so I can practice in a group... Whatever to get this down. Anyone wanna share what works for them when they are preparing for check offs? I'm all ears! This is what I came up with but I'm always up for a better/more efficient way of studying. I'm so nervous... The CNA's seem much more confident, but I have NO health care experience whatsoever... this is all NEW to me. HELP!! Thanks .
  6. alexg524

    First week of school

    Oh don't worry about it! I really appreciate your honest opinion because I need to know how to prepare correctly... I didn't take it as complaining at all. I took it as the unadulterated truth! lol Thank you so much for sharing! My program is 18 months in length straight through and I have class Monday through Thursday for 5-6 hours. It's considered part time and I heard it's much more relaxed than the full-time program and that's why I chose it. I still want to prepare for the worst! It's good to hear you've gotten into a pretty good routine! Your idea to cook ahead for the week is one I might have to try, too . Please share any other tips you may have for time management! I'm not the most disorganized person, but I might have become a little more disciplined if I plan to survive nursing school! Being a homemaker, I have a lot of flexibility with my schedule so I need to get the hang of creating and sticking to a schedule that is much more rigid. Good luck and congratulations everyone!!
  7. alexg524

    First week of school

    Well, I have a back up sitter in case someone gets sick (which my kids rarely get sick because they never leave the house, thank God), my husband works third shift so no matter what someone will be home, and I don't work... My kids are toddlers and one is potty trained. As long as they are safe, clean, and fed I can do what I want (baby gate ;D! lol). If something doesn't get cleaned, it won't be the end of the world... My husband doesn't mind bathing the girls and cleaning up after dinner while I'm in school and he has volunteered to help with chores on his days off. I think that as long as we both work together, I'll be alright ... I'm just trying to stay positive and I posted in hopes that I'd get some advice or encouragement but I'm not gonna lie, that wasn't the most encouraging feedback... lol. It is helpful, because now I'm going to make 2 back up plans and sit down with my husband and make a chore chart lol. We'll see what happens!!!
  8. alexg524

    First week of school

    I'm so nervous that I will be one of those that drop/fail out. I've never wanted something so badly, yet I'm so afraid of failing. It's the one thing that has kept me from going for it these last few years... I start school in early March and will go Monday through Thursday from 4pm-9pm for theory/4pm-10pm for clinicals. I came up with this plan to study: Study all day from 9:00am-12:00pm, feed my kids and get them ready and cook dinner early, and study from 1pm-2pm and then get myself ready and do any last minute studying until 3:30pm when I have to leave for class. I'll get home about 9:25pm/10:25pm and put my kids in bed and then do some cleaning and take a shower and be in bed by 12pm the latest. If I can sneak in some study time, great! Fridays when I don't have class, I plan to get up early and do laundry/cleaning and spend some time with my kids. After that, study from like 12:30pm-4:30pm when I have to cook dinner. After I put my kids to bed I'll probably study until 10pm-11pm and then get ready for bed. Saturdays will be dedicated to my family and doing things for myself (eyebrows, hair, toe nails lol). It's my husband's day off so we can cuddle and catch up. Then when Sunday rolls around, I'll get whatever I need ready for the week done, and study for at least 4 hours at some point in time to get my brain ready for the classes to come. Does that sound like a good plan?? Ugh I'm so nervous I don't know what to do with myself! I am so thankful I do not have to work... I just hope I can handle it. Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! -Alex
  9. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    I have a feeling that because I took an A&P course (it was non credit though ) I will survive okay lol. Thanks so much!! Good luck!!!
  10. alexg524

    working as cna while in lpn school?

    Hey! I'm a mother of two, and thankfully my husband works so I don't have to. I was told by one of the instructors of my PN program, that for the first level (which is mostly all theory, and the hardest) it's good not to work if you don't have to. After that, I would be eligible to take the exam for CNA so I plan to do it and find a job through an employment agency to work only on Saturdays, and MAYBE Sundays. Many people have recommended that I do this, because it would make me more marketable when I am ready to find a job as a LPN. I'd have some kind of experience in the health care field, which is way better than none! Hope that helps a bit... :)
  11. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    That's good! I'm studying some A&P while I wait, because that seems to be what everyone starts off with. I'm thinking my first full day won't be so bad, since they dedicate a whole day to orientation the week before. I think that's so we can get our syllabus and so our instructors can tell us what supplies we will need for the class... Geeze I am so nervous! I haven't been out of my house for much other than food shopping for a few years now lol...
  12. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    I bet all of that prior experience will prove to be a big help! I took a 12 month online course for a Pharmacy Technician Diploma while I was home pregnant with my youngset, and I had to learn some anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and some pharmacology and we will be learning about these topics during our program! I pulled out some of my old books and I've been going over the info. so I feel a little more prepared for what we will be learning. I don't think it will be too hard, it's just a matter of memorizing such a great amount of information that will prove to be a challenge for me!! Good luck with your studies and please share oh how your first day went ;D!!!
  13. alexg524

    So, what color are your school uniforms?

    Our scrubs are all white with a small amount of blue and the school emblem. When at class, we have the option to wear a blue hooded sweater with the school emblem, but not during clinicals. The uniforms are HIDEOUS and huge lol... They make everyone look 20 lbs. heavier haha...
  14. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    Lol I was cracking up telling my husband how I'll look more like a chef than a nurse... He's so excited to see what I look like in it, just to pick on me!! It's good to hear that the evening program is more relaxed, simply because I won't go too crazy trying to balance everything. Congrats on your quickly approaching graduation date!! Quick question, what do you recommend as a way to keep my notes organized? Like binders, folders, multi subject notebooks? Just curious... Thanks .
  15. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    Good luck! I just got fitted and ordered my school uniforms today. They are HIDEOUS but I don't even care!! lol Now I just need to get sneakers, a watch, and my stethoscope. I'm very nervous, but very excited. I think you will do fine. Let me know what happens!
  16. alexg524

    MARCH 2010 STARTS

    I know exactly how you feel... I'm a stay at home mom and I'm nervous about balancing my study time with my responsibilities as a mom and a wife. My husband supports me completely. Since my program is 18 months in length, it's spread out pretty well. By the time I finish, my children will be 3 and 4 1/2 which is a good age for me to reenter the workforce. I just wanted to be there for them until I felt comfortable enough to put them in pre-k or it's equivalent. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to focus on nothing but my kids and school. I know girls who don't have kids and can't say the same... They usually have to work and go to school and that is also very tough.