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  1. OBplease

    Difference between LVN school and ADN school

    I'm in Texas. I have all of the LVN and RN pre-reqs and co-reqs, with the exception of Micro., for my school and a couple of the closest schools, and a couple of extra classes. I am contemplating the best path for my family and I. I have a desire to work some specialty clinic jobs, such as OB and Oncology and am concerned that I may not be eligible for those jobs if I continue on to the RN year at my school. They give the option to do it or not. I wanted to take the actual differences in education into account when making my decision. Thank you for all the responses.
  2. Can anyone give me specifics on the difference in course work for LVN and ADN school. I know some say LVN is just the first year ADN but I'm thinking this may not be the case because I have viewed the semester schedule for the ADN schools and LVN schools here and ADN schools have the same classes (as the LVN) stretched out over the two year period. I know that there is a difference between LVN and ADN (chain of command/delegation, allowed tasks, etc.) but I'm wondering what the difference would be in the actual school work. Thanks! By the way...my current school does only LVN year, transition, and RN year (if you choose to continue). In this case, I'm wondering if, most of the classes are repeat. For example, doing OB, psych, peds. again but in the new role.
  3. OBplease

    Specifics about your program

    cwongsang- Thanks again for the feedback. I'm hoping I can relax a bit with summer and get it back...or not. I just can't imagine feeling this way after wanting it for a decade and a half. I think I'm just exhausted from worrying about it. I'll have to check into these schools and see what there policy is about time off. I was under the impression if you didn't come in at the right time you were out for the day. Thank you so much for the info.
  4. OBplease

    Specifics about your program

    Thank you both. My kids will be 10, 7, 8, 5, 4. Four will be in school and 1 in preschool (it's a great place, which is great). I am just wondering, what do you do about sick care? Do you have time for Dr. appointments and school functions (like a parent teacher conference)? I'm starting to feel a little better about it today after talking with a friend who just went through it. Her school seems a bit more reasonable and she had a newborn at the time. I may apply there too. There are also two M-F schools with in an hour that are options. My only problem now is that I'm not feeling that intense drive I had. I'm not sure if that is because I was so worried about getting through it that I wore myself out or what. Thanks for the feedback!
  5. I am ready to apply and am having a lot of self doubt. It all centers around my family. I just don't have faith at this point that I will be able to successfully get through the program with my kids. I know lots of people do it but I don't have much support and I just don't know. I'm considering changing majors over it. I am hoping some of you can share some specifics, so that I can get a better idea if I will be able to handle the load or not. For example, what are the days and times of your program,? What are your typical out of class assignments for the week, how long does it take you to do them and for study time? If you have children, what are some examples of issues that have come up with your children during your program and how have you handled it? Did you have help with your children? My program will look something likes this...M 8-5, T 9-11, W 6-3, T 6-3. I think it's reasonable but I still have doubts. I have had two kids with short hospital stays this year. Things like that are what I worry about. I also have been sick just this past week and I know that I could not have attended school. It took me three days to get over. I am considering changing to social work and I am really interested in it but I cannot tell if I am just getting scared and thinking of jumping ship. It's a more reasonable program. I'm passionate about both. Any insight would be appreciated.
  6. If you have not taken lots of extra classes and only those that apply to the current degree you are seeking maybe this will apply to you. I'm assuming if you still have 5 classes, you may have around 90 to 100 hours already. My adviser recently told me that I would have plenty of financial aid to cover my first year of NS (which for me will probably be LVN). He said that somewhere into the second year, I may run out because of the 90 our credit limit (I had to drop a semester due to family passing). However, he told me FA makes exceptions for RN school and that the limit is 168 hours. I researched it on my school's website and it does say there is an exception for the Registered Nursing Program and it is 168 hours. I'm not very clear about how FA works but if this does apply to you and you are only around 100 hours then I would think you would still have 60 to 70 credit hours of aid to use. You may want to research that. (My school is PJC, Paris, TX. You can find the info. under the financial aid link)
  7. OBplease

    Grayson County LVN Fall 2012

    So sorry for your frustration. Hope you get in next go around.
  8. OBplease

    ADN program points now include BSN reqs

    I actually just found out from my BIL (who just started reqs. there) that some of the students from that school have backed out already because of the changing guidelines. He told me that they sighted making it easier for students to transition to a BSN program after finishing the ADN. It still seems wrong to me to ask for BSN requirements for an ADN program but I may end up doing it anyway. It's not the classes that bother me. I had thought about doing them anyway to work toward a BS in something else while waiting if I don't get in this time. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. People choose to do the ADN for different reasons and for those, like my BIL, it's a huge deal to have to pay out of pocket for eight more classes they may never need. It also adds another year, when the 2 year degree already takes three as it is now. Whatever though, rant over. It is what it is..lol. Camwill- You are so right, the school definitely makes a difference. You sound fortunate to have a family that is able to accommodate (as they should) your schedule. It will benefit your whole family that they are able to do that. I wish my circumstances were more flexible and maybe they will be by then. Good luck to you!
  9. OBplease

    ADN program points now include BSN reqs

    Ashley....The ADN reqs for most schools close to me are AP1, AP2, Micro, Gen. Psych., Psych-Lifespan, Sociology, English 1, Pharm., Nutrition, Med. Term., Arts, and Microcomputer Applications. A couple of those are just for my school, a couple are just for the other one. I will take Micro. in summer, everything else is done. The school I am talking about will also now count History 1 and 2, Government 1 and 2, Speech, Stats., English 2, and Humanities. Those are all BSN courses around here. caliotter3- You are right. I need to learn to quit jumping at everything that changes. I just don't feel like I have much wiggle room to change plans, which comes from having a kind of inflexible situation with kids and no assistance from family/husband. It keeps me too uptight and I need to learn how to get around that. It makes it harder that our programs here are only considered once per year. Camwill- WOW! I have heard of some people driving that far. I could see the perks of being able to just drive and think. We don't have a lot of school choices around here and the ones around an hour from me would be two hours with traffic. However, with family commitments, I can't afford to tack on the four hours a day to an already 10 to 12 hour schedule. There is a top rated school only 45 minutes from me and if the other two don't work out, I can try them. They consider twice per year and I would just need to take stats.
  10. I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this and what your thoughts are. A program I was hoping to enter for LVN in Jan. (and then move onto ADN year after the required year working period) will now be figuring in the BSN pre-reqs. If I didn't get into the LVN, I was planning to apply for straight RN for Fall '13. There had been 8 classes for the ADN (LVN to RN) up until now and the point system for that school added up to 13 possible points. Now they are including 8 more classes in their point system for a total of 21 points. I had already taken one of these new classes for my school but that would leave seven more I would need in order to maximize points. Not sure how to proceed with this new info. I had intended to enter their LVN program because, schedule wise, it's probably the best for my family and it would give me a chance to feel out office jobs (instead of not being able to get some of the jobs I would like to try because they don't hire RNs). The next entry point for this school's RN or my schools LVN (they only do LVN year then RN year) is Fall '13, so it just makes sense to try and get started with LVN in Jan. After micro. in the summer I was done with all possible pre-reqs. and co-reqs. through RN for my school and this school. Now things are changing and I don't know if I should just go ahead and jump in to the rest of those or what. It's not like I can just wait around and see if I get into the LVN because I would need to be taking more classes in Fall to apply to the straight RN in Dec. if I didn't get in or for transition later on. I just really hate the thought of chasing never ending changing guidelines. I could also try to get back into my school for the RN year later on but who knows if they don't go to this too. Is anyone else seeing this? Between my school and this school, they have changed guideline 3 times within a year. What would you do? Just try to stick to other schools or go ahead and do the extra classes? It begs the question though, if I had to do the classes anyway, why not just go for a BSN (there are no programs within an hour of me and I was never really interested in that anyway but you get what I mean)? Also, this will eat up pell for credit hours I may never need. I don't mind paying out of pocket, it just feels like I'm chasing something that is always just out of reach. I have a 3.9 GPA and have all the classes and so I have been told, by the counselor, that I will probably get into LVN (provided I do ok on entrance testing) but then what?... or should I skip this school all together? (Sorry this is so long and all over the place, this has just really thrown me off.)
  11. OBplease

    Still completely lost about path

    dragonfly414- Thank you so much for your perspective. I have a great daycare. My youngest two go for preschool, while I do school and to be quite honest because I (and they) really have no one else we can depend on. I felt it best for them to have other people in their life. I know I can depend on them, they are great. Hopefully there will be enough coverage for the rest of it. I'm feeling a little burnt out right now, just related to worrying about the particulars with school. Hoping I can get my drive back soon and feel the energy to do this.
  12. OBplease

    Still completely lost about path

    ixchel...I don't know what else to say except, you are right on all accounts. I really appreciate your pep talk and understanding. It's so hard to keep yourself going sometimes without support. It's hard to know how much is o.k. to put your family through when the last 9 years has been all about making everyone else's life run smoothly. I love them but I have completely given up myself. I've been in school for the last two years and I thought reqs. would kind of be the adjustment period for everyone but here two years later, I still feel like I'm having to fight for my right to be back in school. I totally understand what you are talking about with your MIL. Mine was not excited about me going back because she thought it would put too much stress on my husband. I'm trying to hold onto some excitement and figure out what is reasonable to expect from others. Thanks again!
  13. OBplease

    Still completely lost about path

    Thank you both for your perspective. Yes, I'm sure I'm worrying too much, mostly about my family. I had three hospitals stays with two of my children since Jan. and it was stressful worrying about who was going to take care of children. Our parents see us as really responsible and for some reason that means we need no help. My mother actually says.."The one that is most broke gets the glue." They do not keep the kids now at all, so worrying about needing random care seems like a big deal. The hospital incidents were fluke things and nothing I expect to happen again but even thinking about my husband worrying about not being at work and if his customers would be mad was stressful. I have great daycare and all but one of my kids will be in school, so it's more sick coverage, school pick ups, and Dr. appointments that I am concerned about. I have the drive to do both. I feel like I would be equally good at both. I have always been the 'NS' and 'SW' (no offense to those who actually are) in my family....meaning I'm usually the one advocating for care or services or the one that is sought out by family and friends for problem solving. I enjoy being able to be a resource for people and that is why I would enjoy both. There is something else attached to the nursing though..I have had my heart set on it for the last 17 years. I think I need to go ahead and do the LVN program. They are the ones who usually work at the offices in my area anyway. The scheduling still scares me but I think it's worth a try. I do eventually want to do labor and delivery, when my kids are older and can handle the scheduling so I will do the second year. Thank you both again.
  14. I haven't been on here in a while. Had a couple of deaths and hospitalizations in the family and took some time off from the site to clear my head...or tried to. However, I'm still, after two years doing reqs. lost about if I should be going to nursing school or not and which school I should consider going to. I'm done with reqs. after this semester and am ready to apply. I would really appreciate some insight. I have wanted this for the last 17 years, or so I thought. I have been convinced nursing would be my dream but I also, as a teen, had no concept of social work and now, after becoming more aware of that am wondering if I'm more cut out for that. I think I would be good at both and I think they would come pretty naturally. However, I am worried about scheduling and kids with NS. One school is five days a week until about 3 to 4pm and the other is 3.5 days with clinicals being 6:30a.m. to 7p.m. I have a lot of family around, both sets of grandparents are within a mile and my husband owns his own business and is also close by. My family is just not the type to help out, just because. They are more of the type to rally around people when everything is falling apart. I'm afraid my husband doesn't understand the gravity of the commitment it will take for nursing school. He has occasionally, maybe three times in the last year, expressed frustration over the fact that I HAD to miss church because I had an assignment due that night. He says it will be fine and that if the kids get sick at school he can pick them up and take them to work. What? I also worry about Dr. appointments, etc. I'm not sure he is taking me seriously. I will say I have expressed my concern to my mother and husband both and I don't think either is taking me seriously, probably because I tend to be a worrier anyway. I am also concerned that I will never be able to adjust my family to me being gone for working shifts, being gone 14 hours a day, with travel. What I really want is to work in an OBs office. I'm also interested in oncology, also in an office. I don't know if I am being realistic about that. Then there is social work. I would have about a year left on reqs for that. I'm not out to work for money. My husband makes an o.k. living and we budget and we are o.k. with that, so the fact they tend to make less than RNs is not an issue to me. I just really want a career that means something. So I don't require a high salary. I have read a lot online that the SW jobs are just not there for BSWs and I can't see myself ever wanting to go for a masters. I don't want to do therapy (which requires an MSW), my interest is more child welfare, adoptions, and social services. This program is more reasonable as far as scheduling and with the rest of the reqs and core, I'd only have 2.5 years left. I am just not sure if I have scared myself into thinking about this option because I am worried about the other. I really don't know what to do. I honestly believe I would love to do either. It is more the particulars that worry me. I would appreciate any help. Thanks!
  15. OBplease

    But I Feel So Doggone Guilty

    Another great one. Definitely spoke to mixed messages swirling around in my head. Thank you for helping me call attention to it.
  16. OBplease

    What are you taking this semester?

    Pharm., Art., English, and Micro. These are the last of my reqs. I'm excited and trying to focus on making myself stay on schedule, so I don't get behind, and planning to hold on to my GPA. This will be the most hours I've done at a time and sticking to my schedule will be key. I should start N/S next June.