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PaintedWings♥ has 3 years experience and specializes in Geriatrics, Home health.

LPN since 2011. Currently in school for my RN :)

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    Nearing the finish line!

    That is awesome! Good luck with everything! I have a year left until I graduate from my LPN-RN program. :)
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    Nursing School Survival Kit

    Great list! I also agree with the smartphone/tablet. I have an iPhone and iPad and have discovered so many resources that I would not want to do without! (allnurses.com app being one of those ) I definitely have to invest in a rolling backpack as well.
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    What's the nicest thing anyone has ever said or done for you?

    "I'm glad you are my friend." -I used to read a resident's letters/cards to her. She was blind and had trouble opening the letters, so I would offer to do it for her. She was a bit of a diva, so most of the time she didn't say thank you. When she said that to me, I looked at her and for the first time, I could see the lonely woman that was underneath her exterior. I was overwhelmed with emotion to think that she would think of me that way. That something so small would make her consider me a friend. She passed away a year ago. RIP to my dear friend.
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    ATI Testing for BSN Students

    Personally, I find that the online practice tests are very helpful. We are required to obtain a Level 2 on each proctored exam. The practice tests help you understand what kinds of questions they ask and what areas ATI focuses on. In my program, the practice exams are available to us at all times. We also received the books all at one time. The books are okay for a quick review, but that's pretty much it.
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    Adult Health/Med Surg

    We have Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult (Med-Surg) 1, 2, & 3. They are each 7.5 weeks long. Med-Surg 1 is taken in the 2nd semester. Med-Surg 2 & 3 are taken in the last semester.
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    why are you going the LPN route?

    I chose this route so I could work while pursuing the RN program. Unfortunately, you get used to the decent paycheck and this can derail you from going back to school immediately. I graduated and passed boards in 2011. I am currently in a transition program and will graduate May 2015. While I do not regret getting LPN experience, I do wish I would have gone straight back to school after graduating.
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    Did you work during your bridge program?

    If you are able to, I would recommend going PRN. That is what I did and I am very happy with my choice. I have more time to focus on my schoolwork. I am doing very well. I have 2 other friends that are also LPNs and also in the program. Both of them are working full-time. Our program is full-time and does not have a part-time option. One is going to be going part-time at work since her grades are slipping and she is worried. The other is working full-time and has 3 young children. She does not have the option of cutting back hours, but she is managing very well. Do what is best for you. Good luck!:)
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    Why did you choose nursing?

    Up until my high school years, I was positive the only job that could bring me satisfaction was being an elementary teacher. That all changed when my dad, mom and twin brothers were in an automobile accident in 2006. The crash claimed my dad's life and left my mom in the ICU at our local hospital and my 13 year old brothers in comas at a hospital 1.5 hrs away. Needless to say, my 15 year old self was never the same again. The only comfort I had from the soul-crushing grief, was the wonderful nurses who so tenderly took care of my mom and brothers and advocated for their needs. I saw them as angels in a time of so much darkness... As time went by, as it always does, I realized I no longer wished to be a teacher and that what I wanted more than anything was to be a nurse. I felt that even if I could only give one person a little comfort, in their times of illness, grief and sorrow, then I would be fulfilling my life's purpose. So here I am, 7 years later..with LPN behind my name and hoping to change that one day to BSN. (currently enrolled in an RN program) And to those nurses & cnas: Thank you for your unwavering compassion and kindness to a 15 year old girl and her broken family. Sorry to all for being a Debbie Downer...I just felt really compelled to share.
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    YouTube Nurses and Nursing Students. My Top 10 List.

    Thank you for posting this. I had already discovered NurseMendoza, Heatherheartsnursing, & Nurse Nacole and I am looking forward to subscribing to the other channels you have recommended!
  10. I'm a Hispanic LPN. I have been working for 2 years as a nurse and 1 year as an aide before that. I live in a predominantly Caucasian area. I have never had trouble with coworkers or managers/supervisors. As long as you are a team player, treat people with respect and present yourself professionally, it should not be an issue. I am sorry you have felt targeted in your job. I cannot speak for everyone, since I know that racism continues to exist, but know that it is not like that everywhere. Now, I did have one patient that was extremely uncooperative with me and made a couple derogatory remarks about my skin color. Initially, it stung, but I soon learned to develop a thick skin. And in my opinion, one patient out of hundreds is not too bad. :) If you continue to feel targeted by staff, please report to management. Hopefully they will help mediate the situation. Stay strong and kudos on continuing your education! I love hearing about fellow Latinos/as furthering their education! I am currently starting a transition to RN program this coming January. Buena suerte! (Good luck!)
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    New Lpn wanting to start bridge program asap but scared!

    I think it's normal to feel apprehensive about returning to school, especially having some not-so-fun experiences as a new LPN. I graduated 2 years ago and I am starting a transition to RN program this January. I actually wish I had gone back right after I graduated. That being said, I do have a lot of friends that are LPNs and are not very encouraged to go back to school. They also feel similar to the way you feel. Personally, I am so excited to go back and advance with my career. I am ready to pursue other areas of nursing and hopefully, one day, find my niche. My advice is to do a lot of reflecting and think about where you hope to be with your career a couple years down the line. If you find that you do not wish to advance, that is perfectly okay. Good luck with your endeavors!
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    Running Into Midnight

    This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing..
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    LPN or RN for nursing home

    I would recommend just taking it over (if you have to). If you got this far already, just go for it. Even if you do have a burning desire for LTC, you can still work there as a RN. Also, the pay will be much better as a RN in LTC.
  14. In my area, fairly quickly. I never had trouble getting hired in a nursing home, even when I had no experience. Usually less than 3 weeks. It also depends on the facility and the turnover rate.
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    Is there really a future for new LPN's??

    I don't know about the whole state, but I know in Washington County (Maryland) they phased LPNs out of hospitals. They rarely even hire ADNs. LPNs were also phased out in Franklin County hospitals (Pennsylvania). They were given the option to do the fast track through an online program, but they also had to sign away 10 years to the hospital... This has all been in recent years.
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    Advice on LPN Jobs

    I think it depends on what kind of jobs you are interested in... LTC, school health, agency, etc.