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    Rehab LPN, Transitioning to Med /Surg

    Hello! I'm an LPN who has been a working since Jan 2015. Most of my work experience has been in post acute care, basically the rehabilitation side of the SNF. Besides rehab, I've done alot of hospice work and those sporadic healthcare events that pop up around town. One of the agencies I work for (I PRN everywhere due to home situation & having to make my own schedule of availability) always gets good feedback on me in facilities and I'm their "go to" LPN for last minute work, so they want to present me to a hospital for a contracted PRN, Med/surg position here at the local hospital... But they want me to send them an updated resume. My question is... With mostly rehabilitation and hospice work under my belt, what do you suggest I put on my resume to sway employers to consider me for a med/surg position, even though I have no actual med/surg experience??? Thanks In Advance
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    CMC Shelby

    I don't know the true answer but looking at the current trend for hospitals, in thinking for a new rn somewhere around 21-24.
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    Graduating LPN ~ Who's hiring/paying?

    www.mfa.com (they own a few facilities) Sava senior care white oak Brian center health and rehab Carrington place liberty healthcare Preston house (huntersville,nc) university place rehab novant Mecklenburg healthcare center genesis healthcare
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    LPN New Nurse important skills

    Did you find anything yet?
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    Graduating LPN ~ Who's hiring/paying?

    Sorry for the late reply Candy. I initially thought it was hard finding a job. I passed my nclex in December and i guess that's what made it hard for me. The whole month of December and the beginning of January i applied EVERYWHERE and started thinking something was wrong with me or my resume. And wouldn't you know I interviewed with Novant, was offered a position and then the very next day 3 facilities called for an interview and then 3 more called this week. So i ended up taking 2 positions with 2 different facilities and turned down novant since the pay was so low with them. All turned out good with GREAT PAY for a new lpn
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    Attention All LVN/LPN Students!

    Dont let my experience scare you... If you really want it, go get it!! Like I say in a few of my posts, this is not a community college, so its important in this program that you make life work around school, not school working around life. It must come first from start to finish. You must study just about everyday. I just took my nclex last Friday on Dec, 5th so the ncbon has not yet posted my license number in the verification system. I'm pretty much doing online applications and just posting a snapshot of my quick results for right now... received one call that said they will interview me when I have an official license number in the system, so I'm sure I'll find something soon. Expensive and veeeery INTENSIVE, but you're about to get a GREAT EDUCATION! This school teaches lpn's rn material so you WILL absolutely feel nclex ready when you each the end. My entire class passed the nclex in under 100 questions. I wish you the best in the program and please utilize me/this site/youtube for help.
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    Attention All LVN/LPN Students!

    I would personally tell you to get a pharm/med app on your phone. It MIGHT help with your pharm 1&2 classes, but it was a LIFESAVER for clinicals. A book is cool if you happen to have a teacher which is adamant about not using your phone during clinicals, but all of my teachers let us use our phones before we passed meds in the morning. For pharm, get familiar with actions, side effects/adverse reactions, contrraindications... Floroquinones, cephalosporins, NSAIDS, etc. Digoxin is a big med to remember. Isoniazid. Furosemide also appeared for 3 questions on my nclex. There are bunches really. "Digoxin is a toxin at 2.5" is how I recalled the toxicity level.
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    Pearson Vue Trick- NOT RELIABLE GOT CC POP UP & PASSED!

    Right. You have to actually enter the CC info and click submit now, then you'll get a message that reads "Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time." BUT CONGRATS NURSE!!!!!!
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    Graduating LPN ~ Who's hiring/paying?

    I graduate from my LPN class on Thursday, 10/30/14 and trying to get my ducks in a row before I take my NCLEX in a few weeks. Does anyone now who's hiring out here in the Charlotte area and what the pay is for a new grad?? Also, does anyone now how to get connected with the local correctional facilities for an LPN position? I'm also returning to school in January and am oen to any prn positions you ma suggest. Thanks in advance and happy nursing!!
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    ECPI

    Hi dreamon- Well the plan in MY HEAD is to move back north where LPN to BSN programs are offered. I have all my lpn to rn prereq's and 50+ college credits already- so in January I'm signed up for returning to regular college to take classes that will be needed in most BSN programs I've looked at (nutrition, abnormal psych, pharmacology). BUT things dont always go as planned so I'm still going to apply locally at Gaston & CPCC for their lpn to rn & adn programs in the meantime. Really hoping for Gaston if I have to stay in NC any longer. But I will not be returning to ECPI to start from scratch. If they offered a bridge program, I'd probably think about it- but it would most likely still be a no for me.
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    Update on ECPI??? Current Students or Grads??

    No, its something I found and applied for on my own. Ecpi does not talk to you about anything outside of what is offered via FAFSA (grants/loans) and their own $200 per month payment plan. Im strictly speaking of my experience at the Charlotte campus. Because of WIA funds, I didn't need to agree to the $200 ECPI payment like everyone else. You can pay what you want, whenever you want, just to lower your government loan amount. Every county should have an office/center where they can go through the WIA process. Check first to see if your county provides funding for ECPI, ~I heard by ear that~ some dont because of the low retention rate. My county WIA office asked me to write a letter stating why I chose ECPI over other nursing schools- wrote it, waited a week to hear back that it was approved and I was in. You have to apply BEFORE you start ECPI though... or at least have your WIA orientation, test date and be assigned a counselor before the first day of class (about 2 weeks tops). They'll tell you to set your test date online, but online it has a 2-3 month wait in this county, so I called them after my orientation and told them nicely/urgently that I was under a deadline & needed the very next test date if possible because I was starting school in 3 weeks... took my test within 2 days. The test is easy reading (what was the topic of the passage?) and 123 x 456= type of stuff. Upon passing and getting an appt. to see your counselor, they will need to see your FAFSA, and ECPI will help you with a receipt to show the school once you tell ECPI's financial aid rep that you will be using WIA funds. Its not a difficult process at all.
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    Update on ECPI??? Current Students or Grads??

    Well for me, I was unemployed while in ecpi, so I got wia funds which paid 8k toward my tuition. With school loans and grants included, I paid nothing out of pocket but still owe 11k to student loans rather than owing the school any money.
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    ECPI Nursing Program in Charlotte NC ???

    Oh great!! Welcome to the ECPI family!! You'll have some hard, but KNOCK OUT BEST TEACHERS IN THE RN PROGRAM! Ms. Stigler is hard, but JEEEZ she knows her stuff! She no longer does the LPN prog, just RN now, but I learned so much from her, UGH! Ms. Carlin is new but she is the best especially if you get her for clinicals. I considered the RN program but I personally 1) had a problem with having that much debt without obtaining a BSN 2) At the time I was considering starting the RN program, I would've been in their very first RN class, I just didn't want to be apart of their trial and errors. 3) I was unemployed at the time I entered ECPI, so I received WIA funds, won 2 scholarships, plus got full Pell Grant money and I'm only left with a debt a little over 11k... it wouldve been 25k in the RN program. I had to take a more economical route as a single mom. So I used the LPN program as my foot in the nursing door w/o the big debt and waiting lists. The first RN class graduates on the same day as us (Oct 30th) and MOST of them went to ECPI for their LPN. My plan now is to go anywhere there is a LPN-BSN bridge program since I am not committed to NC and desire to live back further North ultimately anyway. There's a LPN-BSN bridge program in WSSU and if I cant get in there, there's about 3 or 4 LPN-BSN programs in VA and 2 in S.C, MD etc. I have all prerequisites so a LPN-BSN bridge program would just be about 5 semesters, as opposed to LPN-ADN which would be 3-4. My thinking was long but I figured I dont want to to bother w an ADN when I want to be a NP when its all said n done. LPN was best for me with my daughter starting school next week. I had to factor everything in. Sorry.... You caught me in a talkative mood, lol. But I'm LPN to answer your question, lol. You'll do great I'm sure... Just dont be a minute late and study everyday (literally).
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    ECPI Nursing Program in Charlotte NC ???

    Hi Rae, transferring in classes will pretty much only apply to your non-nursing courses like both A&P's and your Abnormal psychology. Everything else you'll have to take within ECPI. Im sure someone will correct me if Im wrong, but those are the only classes I could transfer in at the Charlotte campus.
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    ECPI

    Sorry for the late reply... I somehow dont receive notifications anymore, but if you started in March you should be around Foundations 3, getting ready to go to clinicals soon, correct? HOw has it been going?
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