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    How to prepare for LVN Program!

    I'm in my 5th week now for LPN school! It's very time consuming. Some of my classmates work weekends and they are struggling. I think it really take time management skills to do both. You can start looking through medical terminology books and Anatomy and physiology. I'm in a 16 month program Tuesday-Friday from 830-400. We have test almost everyday. We've had a microbiology class and a skin class that we have already completed. It's very fast passed but I'm loving every minute of it! Good luck to you :)
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    Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!

    You should definetly try Homehealth. Very rewarding... It's usually patients that have just had a surgery and you are helping them through the rehabilitation process. I spent most of my 14 hrs as a CNA as a a home health aide and absolutely loved it You can work at your own pace, let them know how many visits you want ahead of time and you pretty much make your own schedule.
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    Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!

    Good for you for going to the DON. I have been a CNA for 14 yrs. I'm enrolled in an LPN program now. It's so sad that patients get treated so poorly. Last year I got a job at a neurologic rehab and similar things were going on there but worse. When some of these young aides had to TRAIN me, I watched them put 3 briefs, and 4 chuck pads under a patient that had MRSA so they wouldn't need to go back for the rest of there shift.Some of them would curse at the PT's, hide out in the rooms on their cell phones, etc. I stayed for a week and could not drag myself to walk in the building on my 8th night. I turned around, got in my car and went home. I ended up writing a 4 page letter to the administrator and the DON about what I saw and explained that I would not be a part of it by working in the facility. They had a meeting with me, and said they would address the situation, and do what needed to be done , they begged me to stay but deep down I had a feeling if change was made it won't last long. Everytime I've worked in a LTC facility I feel so bad about leaving because I wonder who really takes care of them if no one is there that really cares... But then I can't let myself be associated with that type of care.nursing definitely needs more caring people like you so keep up the great work!! And as one of my instructors says daily " in nursing, be a RAT, if you see something wrong, then rat, you are there for your patients, do the right thing!"
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    charity son spring 2015

    I'm sorry that my post scared y'all. I really was just trying to share my story about the waiting game and how not to ever give up. I remember the stress of everyday checking my mail to see if I was excepted. My point was to stress to y'all that I even changed majors to see if I would like something else, but when something is meant for you, you just know it! I've wanted to be a nurse since I was 18. I'm 32 now. The best advice I can give is if you have to apply more than 3 times without getting in, then try another school or even an LPN program so you can start making money as a NURSE faster. I do know that's it's a lot easier to get into charity once you have a degree or an LPN license!!Charity is one of the best nursing schools around and I wish so bad that I would have got in so again I hope you all are celebrating great news!!!!
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    Career change

    Have you tried applying to work in the OR as a surg tech? In louisiana LPNs can scrub in as techs, most places require experience in surgery. The pay is about the same as LPN/LVN. It sounds like it may be a good option if you don't like the bedside care. I'm the opposite. Lol I was in school to be a surg tech and left the program to start an LPN program. I love patient interaction and was a CNA for 13 yrs. it was very exciting and so different in the OR. Hope you find something you enjoy! Good luck
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    charity son spring 2015

    I know right? That's what I had and that's what happened to me. That's why I chose not to wait around anymore. They said cut off scores change every semester. It depends on everyone's score. If they have like 80 people applying with a 90-95 then they get in before someone with an 80. Hundreds of people apply from so many schools, not just from Delgado so it's very competitive. You can really never tell. It's different everytime. I have heard so much from other people that I stopped listening. So do just that. Just wait a few more weeks and see what happens yourself!! Hopefully all of you will get in. I always felt like they were overlooking me. My friend got in when she was still in A&P 1, with me and still needed a math class. She graduated in spring. We had the same GPA and her profile score was a 70.
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    charity son spring 2015

    1st time 70, 2nd time 75, 3rd time 75, 4th time 80. I applied for spring 2012, fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2013. 1st and second time I applied I did not have all CSN pre reqs completed. I still also did not complete English 102, everything else was completed. My grades were all As and Bs. I had one C in a computer class I took but it's not in the CSN curriculum.
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    charity son spring 2015

    I'm sorry, I was thinking Hesi score. I took it twice my first was a 78, retook it after A&P 2 because the advisor told me that could have been a reason I didn't get in, then i got an 84 the second time.
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    charity son spring 2015

    I just came across the forum and just wanted to wish you all good luck! I hope you all get great news in the next few weeks!!! I am currently enrolled in an LPN program in Slidell. I was a student at Delgado since 2010. I applied to charity 4 semesters straight and sadly I did not get in. My profile score was between a 78-84 every time I applied.i know how it feels to wait and wait and to get rejected not once but 4 times. I met with mrs Wilson after my 3rd attempt and she suggested that I change my major if I didn't get in on the 4th try. All they kept telling me was so many people apply that sometimes the cut off is at like a 85. It just depends on how many spots are available each semester. I was devastated. I felt like Giving up. I actually ended up changing my major after trying to go to PRCC for their RN program. There were so many out of state costs and more pre reqs that I would have had to take that I chose to just stick it out at Delgado and try the Surgical Tech program. I applied, got in the first time this past January and loved it. I was doing great and really enjoyed learning surgery and being right there assisting the Dr. Once I was in clinicals for the second month I began missing interaction with patients, and not knowing the outcome after surgery. I was a CNA for 13 yrs prior to enrolling in the surg tech program. I began watching the nurses constantly, especially when I got to go to L&D and assit with cesareans!! I was wishing I was them, I loved seeing how patients looked up to their nurses and how much they were trusted. I sat in the bathroom One day on my break and just thought to myself "what am I doing here?" I want to be a NURSE, I want to help people get better, I want to interact with them, I want to go home at the end of the day and be satisfied with myself knowing that my patients are happy with the care I provided! That's when I knew I was in the wrong program! You really don't see your patients long as a surg tech. It wasn't rewarding to me. I chose to drop from the program and switch Schools since the school I'm at now was starting a class in August! This was the quickest way for me to finally become a nurse! I'm so happy that I did! I'm in my 5th week of the LPN program now and I'm so excited to finally be in school to be a nurse! I plan to apply to charity for the LPN-RN bridge program when I'm finished this program and get some work experience in! I just wanted to share my story with all of you and say NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM!! Again good luck to all of you!
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    2014-2015 LPN Students Roll Call!

    Just took my first micro test! Passed with an 96A!!!! So excited to finally be enrolled :)
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    I Wasn't Called to Nursing, I Just Showed Up

    Your story is a lot lot mine. I got my CNA certification at a nursing home when I was 18, I am now 31. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I Was broke, and looking for a job when I found in the newspaper "get paid as you train" I thought it sounded great! I applied to the program, got paid $5.15 an hour while in a 6 week course. We had to stay at the nursing home for at least 6 months to keep our certification. It was very difficult at first but I left home everyday feeling accomplished that I made someone's day. Everyone loved me there. I stayed a little over a yr. we started getting short handed everyday, some of the nurses would not help out at all. I ended up leaving and going on to home health which I absolutely loved! Over the years my patients encouraged me to go to nursing school. They all said I would be great. The nurses I worked with all agreed. I started at Delgado community college in Louisiana in 2012 to start taking pre reqs to enroll in the RN nursing program. My grades were great, I took the entrance test, applied but didn't get excepted. It was very discouraging but I kept taking more classes and re applying each semester. After 4 letters of denial from Charity/Delgado,their nursing advisor suggested I change my major since I didn't get in. By this time I wanted to give up. I wanted to cry. I felt like it was a sign for me not to become a nurse. I did as she said and changed majors to Surgical Technology. I applied to that program, got excepted in January! I feel in love with learning instruments, the OR, the procedures, everything. Then March came, we went to our first clinical rotation and I was so nervous. I made it through and kept going 3 days a week to scrub at hospitals. I was really trying to keep my interest in it but I started feeling like it was not for me. I wanted so much more interaction with the patients. After helping people for 14 years through the recovery process you start to miss the joy you get from actually talking and to your patients. This made me rethink my decision. I ended up dropping from the program and applying to an LPN program. This was the quickest way for me to complete school and start working as a nurse.i can go back to Delgado when I complete the program and do the LPN RN bridge program. I start this Tuesday and I am so excited. I learned so much in the 6 months I was in the surg tech program and I am so happy to finally start something I know I'm meant to do. I should have done this so long ago but I am doing it now and I will succeed! Good luck to you. Im sure you will be a fantastic nurse!!!
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    Guys I Need To Pass!

    I completely understand. I went through the same thing but for over 2 yrs for an lpn program! Just keep trying. Take the practice test in the study guide until you get everyone of them right. Do it over and over again. Watch YouTube videos for explanations. I finally got in and only missed 3 questions total! I start Tuesday! Just had orientation yesterday! I'm so excited!! Good luck!!
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    Guys I Need To Pass!

    Did you get to retake the test yet? Did you pass?!!!!!
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    2014-2015 LPN Students Roll Call!

    Hi I'm Marilyn. I start an LPN program in Slidell,La on august 18th. I'm so excited. I'm 31, have been wanting to be a nurse since I was 18! I've been a CNA for 14 yrs but I'm not working right now. I was in a surgical tech program since January and once we went to clinicals felt I needed more interaction with patients. I loved the atmosphere of the OR but I wasn't satisfied when I went home each day. I decided to drop from the program and start This program to begin my dream career!!! Good luck to everyone!
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    Charity school of Nursing 2012 fall class jitters/ need advice

    so happy to see other people from slidell!! i actually live in pearl river, but still. i am terrified of driving to the city alone and to park and walk to the building!! i also am married and have 2 kids. so i know how you feel.remember, we will have summers off so that will help!!! i see we all worry about the same stuff!! i cannot wait until the end of this month.i have been just wishing march would just be over with already so i can find out if i made it! i am very nervous about getting in. all of you seem to be higher up than i am. my hesi score was a 78.. i know it sucks. the math and chemistry got to me. my gpa is a 3.75 though. i have As in A&p though. im currently still in a&p 2 and let me tell u, my instructor, for lecture is the hardest!but im doing ok! i just really hope i get in. the nursing advisor told me to go ahead and apply for fall so i did. if i dont get in i plan on reapplying for spring! i have a friend that started at charity this semester and she said its very tough.they did 23 chapters in the first two weeks. she said no one in her class is getting As, but they are passing. so i know it will be tough. i have been a certified nursing assistant for 11 years and i have learned so much from the excellent nurses i have worked with. i am so ready to just finally move up to being a registered nurse and im so anxious to start the actual nursing education! i cant wait!! this will be an exciting journey for all of us and we just need to focus on the goal ahead. we really wont know what to expect until we are experiencing it ourselves. dont listen to the negative stuff people say. we know its going to be hard but we will make it. anything is possible if you want it bad enough! stay positive and i wish you all the best of luck!!! keep in touch!
  16. I know the feeling. I have a&p lab right now. I have been studying the guide in between math and a&p. Im taking it the beginning of november it seems pretty basic though. I think u should go for it!! .i spoke to the nursing advisor yesterday and she told me " yes,apply now! I have the minimum of classes to apply.and a 3.3 gpa with As and Bs in my current classes. Apply now girl. Study that study guide and go for it. Im sure it will be basic A&P on the Hesi and the rest is basic math. I have been doing the study guide until i get every practice test down with none missed. I also dropped a&p lab in spring so i will lose 5 points but the advisor said i still have a good chance at getting in as long as i get a good score on the hesi
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