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HowdyHowdy has 7 years experience as a LVN and specializes in ER.

LVN - Lone Star Kingwood c/o 2012

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  1. HowdyHowdy

    UTMB RN to BSN online

    Bump - anybody able to chime in on this one?
  2. HowdyHowdy

    USAGPAN 2021

    Yah I may have to look into that. The 1 year BSN program through UTH isn't hard to earn a 4.0 in. It would be really great to have that as what's counted as my GPA. My undergrad cGPA is a 3.57 and my sGPA is a 3.84, so not bad, but a 4.0 is better still. I still have Ochem to take as well. Really excited to see this thread play out.
  3. HowdyHowdy

    USAGPAN 2021

    I wonder about the ICCC course then. It would be tremendously convenient for me. It would save me from taking the Chem 1 and Chem 2 prereqs that are required to get to O Chem 1 at my local CC, and would save me money, even compared to the ridiculous OOS tuition. Also, for your BSN GPA, is that in reference to a traditional 4 year undergrad BSN? I ask because I didn't do a traditional 4 year. I'm currently an LVN in a one year RN transition program. After that I will be doing a 9-12 month online BSN program through UT. Wonder what exactly they would count in a BSN GPA.
  4. HowdyHowdy

    USAGPAN 2020

    Congratulations guys! Been following this thread and more like it because this is the path I am looking to pursue. Care to share your stats?
  5. HowdyHowdy

    USAGPAN 2021

    I am going to follow this thread really closely. I plan on pursuing this same route, maybe a year behind you guys. Currently working as an LVN in a major ER, transferring to ICU in May when I finish my RN. @Bonnie Bailey - really curious about your experience with the ICC Ochem class. I have already taken Intro Chem with Lone Star here in Houston for my BSN and would like to do what you did. Good luck to all of y'all. Looking forward to see how everything goes for everyone.
  6. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    I'm not sure where you're getting the "5 days a week" from. The only campus that does 5 days a week is Montgomery and it's only for 6 weeks during the Summer session. North Harris is 2x a week in class a 1x a week for clinical, and it's all done M-F. No weekends. Kingwood is 2x a week in class (in the evenings) and 1x a week in clinical, but offers weekday AND weekend clinicals. They also go up to 2x a week clinicals during their Summer semester.
  7. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    It's going to be ~3 weeks after the application deadline closes.
  8. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    I got into Kingwood with a 7.74 back in 2016 and into North Harris this year with a 7.71. Top tier is going to be around 7.8 and bottom of the rung is going to be 7-7.1. If you can land somewhere in there, you're golden. Keep in mind though that some schools are more competitive than others. Montgomery, for example, is documented one year as having their transition cutoff at around 7.5, which is pretty crazy.
  9. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hey guys, just a quick follow up to my post earlier about item #13 on Castle Branch. Juanita sort of clarified it at orientation, so when we left I called CB. They put in a ticket to have that item reviewed. As of yesterday the status changed from rejected to accepted. If you encounter the same problem, just give them a call.
  10. Again I just want to say thank you for giving me the information regarding the colleges pre-requisites. I will be applying for Spring next year! Good luck on your nursing journey! And I love Houston!

  11. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    "Ummmm" was exactly right for me too! That would put me at 3 days a week at work and 4 days a week with school. No spank you. I actually put Northwest down as my first choice because even though it is the furthest drive for me, it is with Dr. Crawford and I have heard from more than one person that she is AMAZING. You lucked out!
  12. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    I got 2 emails from Juanita. One regarding enrollment and the other reminding us about orientation tomorrow. Looks like we will be in class on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and they have our assignments down for clinicals as well. I got clinical with Nwankwo at Kingwood on Mondays. Although, it says both days, Monday and Tuesday, I'm pretty sure that is just a clerical thing, as I don't think we actually have clinicals two days a week. Or maybe I'm wrong and.......crap.
  13. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Yah, I just received the same email this morning. Already emailed in my preference. I'm surprised they aren't offering a Saturday option for clinicals for people who work M-F.
  14. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Damn right I am, y'all.
  15. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    This is a great question that I feel like does not get the attention it deserves. So I graduated LVN school in 2012. My first job was with a (bs) company that did CC for hospice companies. They paid 20$/hr. I left there because the (bs) company went out of business, I took a job at a nursing home/skilled rehab making 18.25/hr. I did that for a year and transitioned to an MDS position at the same place and got bumped to 22/hr. When I left, I went to a memory care assisted living making the same. When I got my annual review a year later, I got bumped up to 25/hr. I worked there for two years and left in 2017 and went back to skilled. Got hired there making the same thing, although when I got hired, my DON had to get corporate permission to pay me that much. There were nurses who had been there 2-5 years who weren't making as much as I was, and they made it known. I think part of the reason they continued to pay me 25/hr was because I had MDS and managerial experience and was able to fill in for those roles when I was needed, which I did. I worked there for a year and left to go work at Methodist in the ER. They had just established a role for the LVN in the ER, somewhere above paramedics but below RNs. I was very lucky to do so, and actually took a pay cut to go there. I make 22.50/hr now. But, I work for a magnet hospital, gaining emergency room experience, with EXCELLENT benefits and a workplace structure and community that is beyond anything I've ever experienced. So that cut in pay was well worth it. If you are looking for good pay as an LVN I would recommend getting in at a skilled nursing or a rehab like Kindred or Healthsouth first. Stick it out and transition to management. You are going to work your *** off as an LVN in management, as well as take on a lot of stress, but if you're after good pay, that's what it takes. Also, the work environment and atmosphere of skilled/nursing homes is not great. Very profit oriented, so turnover is high and support is often low. Avoid hospice, CC and home health. It's difficult to make big money there. Get you a full time gig with a PRN job on the side. Good money is doable as an LVN. I cleared 60k in 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively because I worked OT and was good at what I did. It's doable, but it will be stressful. It is very difficult, bordering on impossible to get in at a major hospital as an LVN. With the Magnet accreditation, hospitals want RN, BSNs working there. They must maintain a certain average of nursing staff with BSNs so LVNs are hard to work in. Only my location within the Methodist system hires LVNs. It's tough to get in there. I was very lucky. Also..it is worth mentioning. As much as I wish it weren't true, and politics aside, I am a guy and being male does affect my pay. I know that I have been offered more money, and have been viewed more positively in my role because I'm a guy. Not my opinion, it is fact. I have been told that by managers. Not saying I agree with it, but I am giving honest input. Do with it what you will. I hope all the best for you.
  16. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Oh how awesome. Glad you found us on the forum. Looking forward to it as well. How have things been for you guys so far? My cousin graduates next month from NH and she loved the basic track ADN program.
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