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  1. Dasdamo4 RN

    New Grad Neuro PCU -- What's it like?

    Hey! I'm a new grad RN who was recently hired with Banner Health for their Neuro Progressive Care Unit. I'm told this is technically critical care but a step below ICU. I'm interested in neuro since I had my capstone done with neuro ICU. I was given the option of Neuro PCU or Trauma PCU. My question is: which would warrant more diverse experience and what would I expect to see and do in either unit? I want to make the right decision but it's difficult to determine what is best.
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    Gateways Community College 2018 waitlist

    When I applied in October of 2016, I was accepted in late July of 2017 for August. However, the waitlist could've lengthen since then considering their expanding the amount of seats for the PN program as more and more people know about it. You all may still get in. Acceptances go out starting in April and will continue all the way up until the day before classes start. Usually when others fail the course or deny their acceptances, that moves waitlisted students up the list for a seat. Stay hopeful!
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    It all depends on the semester but I think they try to maintain the same schedule as much as they can from semesters prior. I had days while in the PN program and it was Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-4 roughly but many times we only stayed till 12. If it's evenings then I could say for sure but most likely will be 4 hour long class three days a week not including clinicals. I am finishing up block 3 evenings in the RN program and it sucks... To elaborate, I prefer day classes over evening classes.
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    I do have all the power points but the packets they give I don't have them anymore haha. The PowerPoints can be overwhelming with all the information on them so there is a reason why they unlock each module when you finally get to it. I'll tell you what though, for Block 2, it's pretty much all med-surg with OB and peds the last few weeks of the semester. Recall any information given in Block 1 and be ready to apply it in Block 2. I would invest in buying Med-Surg Success by Colgrove. Review everything you did for lab in Block 1 and as well as med calculations. You'll need it for when you start IV med calculations. You'll start IVs the first week or second week. I would continue to do adaptive quizzing as it's really helpful. Try to do a little bit everyday if you can on study mode. It'll help prepare you for the Hesi PN at the end of the semester. 2nd Block is nothing like Block 1. I'll be honest: it's harder, more time consuming, and somewhat of a pain in the ass. People say to sign up for the 104 class. I didn't because I didn't have the money to but I would if you can. Personally I don't agree with it because some of the test answers are given in the 104 course and it wasn't fair to me because I couldn't afford the class. I still ended up getting help from friends in the class who were taking it. The 104 class was easy in the first Block but it seems to add more of a benefit in the 2nd Block. You'll have either 6 or 8 weeks or med-surg clinicals depending on where you go. I would highly recommend choosing MIHS if you can. I got all 5 of my IVs, Trach care, and central line dressing change there in the first two weeks. If you have Susan Lijan, she is a great instructor, stern but always willing and helpful. You'll have 3 peds clinicals but they arent true clinicals as they aren't in a healthcare facility but rather in the schools. Then the last two will be for OB. Jeri will teach OB. Record the lectures for OB as she will have all test questions from OB lecture on her tests. She is fast and speedy but incredibly in-depth and passionate, and knows exactly what she's doing. You'll have 2 simulation days which are actually really fun so enjoy and take everything you can from it. Going back to everything, cardiovascular will be the first test. It's difficult and you will NEED to study for it. Don't take it lightly or you won't be successful most likely. You'll need to know everything from the difference b/e veins and arteries to what to look for when assessing a client/pt with left/right sided heart failure. Meds become more of a thing so really know meds and side effects. There really isn't any extra credit either. I know we were all pissed. They don't baby you in Block 2. In adddtion, nursing interventions are hearvlily weighted so know them really well. S. Clifford loves nursing interventions! She also loves the urinary system so makes to study that too. Really just study everything. They take a lot from the slides but make sure to read the chapters too. I had to at least. OVERALL, my experience was positive and they prepare you well. I take my NCLEX on Monday and I'm studying everything over. Just know, you know more than you think you do.
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    LPN Gateway Community College

    I have the text. I can sell it to you way cheaper than what I bought it for!
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    Congrats on everyone who made it through both semesters. Yeah the first block was way easier. I was fortunate to need not study much. 2nd block was difficult for me and I wasn't taking any other classes. I passed and hopefully starting block 3 in August! I can't believe the time gone by and how fast it went -- all the clinicals and quizzes and worksheets we've done to finally say that we're nurses...just unlicensed (for now). Registered for my NCLEX about a week ago so hopefully hearing something about it soon! Good luck to the future graduates and future students about to make their way through! Utilize the resources available and make friends with your classmates because everyone and everything there will help you get through this program! Best of luck and enjoy the journey! - Damon, (L)PN
  7. Dasdamo4 RN

    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    Or just do the chest xray. It's easier and non invasive and lasts two years instead. That's what i did.
  8. Dasdamo4 RN

    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    What's different than what you were expecting? Block 1 is pretty straightforward and organized. Block 2 is noticeably much more difficult and there are more clinical days that you have to complete along with an additional day you choose of your own. On top of that, our tests deal heavily with nursing interventions and everything becomes less factually based, and becomes more critical thinking. This block makes it feel all too real, especially since we're going to be finishing the program in 6 weeks.
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    Yeah the IVs were intimimaging at first but once you get them over and over it becomes just another skill. The hospital setting is completely different. You don't get to know the pts. There are new ones every week.
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    Hope clinicals are going well! Usually it's your stethoscope, watch, badge. I carry a notebook and pens with me but since we're in the hospital setting for this block we don't have time to carry a notebook around.
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    That I'm not sure of. I just ended up buying them from the bookstore.
  12. Dasdamo4 RN

    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    Apparel Pro Scrubs in Tempe off university
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    I don't know if the code will work if they have already been used before.
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    Gateway CC LPN Cohort Fall 2016

    It all depends where you go. I had Jennifer at Mi Casa. Is that where you guys are going? If so you won't do too much on the first day. It'll be more or less observation and shadowing and maybe a few things. For the rest of the time that you are there though you will do a lot? You will be able to fill up your entire skills sheet. Jennifer was the best preceptor I had. She knows virtually everything about nursing, she is really a walking encyclopedia. You can tell her that Damon says hi hahaha
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    Gateway LPn 2017 spring cohort

    When I applied back in December 2015, I didn't get accepted until fall of 2016 so I really only waited a semester. We started block 2 today. If you applied back in October, then you'll likely get in this august.
  16. I'm creating a continuing thread to the "Gateway LPN Fall 2016 Cohort," for block two LPN students. Considering we're halfway there, this could be a place to discuss anything regarding second semester or for non-LPN students just passing by. Today was the first day of class and we just took care of housekeeping details for the semester.