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by fifi2323 fifi2323 (Member)

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So I haven't been on this site since October,as I had been very busy with a new job and living on my own. Since then,a lot has happened. I have moved back in with the 'rents-as I was planning to do once my lease was up in Feb.07- Since January I have passed the NET for the LPN program I was interested in,interviewed with the school,and I received my letter of acceptance (On thurs. night. )

I guess i'm just concerned that I am not happier with this acheivement.Maybe I am still in shock-I was convinced I wouldn't get on because I did badly in HS. I probably just have the jitters,I mean its a big decision to quit your job and go back to school after being previously unsuccessful.I really want this to work, I am just so anxious about surviving school,sitting for the NCLEX-PN and getting a job. Any advice so I can just enjoy myself and rest on my laurels for the next three months?

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clee1 has 9 years experience and specializes in Hospice, Med/Surg, ICU, ER.

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1st - Congratulations!

2nd - Take a deep breath.

3nd - You are older and wiser now.

4th - Resign yourself to buckling down - your new fulltime job is as a nursing student. Forget partying, spending time w/ friends/family.

5th - Study hard; but more importantly, study smart. Learn as many hands-on skills as you can in clinicals. Keep your personal business to yourself!

Best wishes to you!

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GingerSue has 20 years experience.

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all the best to you

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RNinSoCal has 13 years experience and specializes in Home health, Med/Surg.

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Everything happens for a reason. I wasn't ready for nursing school straight out of High School but I flourished in nursing school when I was 22. I am sure you know that nursing school is a challenge on many levels, but keep your eyes on the goal. Nursing school is short but life is long. I understand the lack of excitement for the hard work ahead of you but keep in mind the satisfaction and opportunities that await you at the end. I have never regretted this journey into being a nurse and I hope the best for your career as well.

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ann945n has 4 years experience as a RN and specializes in Nursing Ed, Ob/GYN, AD, LTC, Rehab.

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I did poorly in school when i was younger, about 21 it hit me and since then have been a A student. If you want something badly enough you will get it, i think you will find that once you start you will wonder what you were ever worried about. Also if you dont try you will never know. Think positive you can do this, i did!

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1st - Congratulations!

2nd - Take a deep breath.

3nd - You are older and wiser now.

4th - Resign yourself to buckling down - your new fulltime job is as a nursing student. Forget partying, spending time w/ friends/family.

5th - Study hard; but more importantly, study smart. Learn as many hands-on skills as you can in clinicals. Keep your personal business to yourself!

Best wishes to you!

All good advice... I think the last part of number 4 is a little much though. You'll find out pretty quick how much time you have to put in to being successful in nursing school. Everyone needs balance in their lives, I think it's totally neccessary to spend time w/ family and friends.

I have found that I have more free time than I thought I would. Not saying some of it isn't difficult, but if you keep on top of it you should be fine.

Definitely learn as much in clinical as you possibly can, volunteer for whatever you can. I know I have seen and done some things in my first quarter that some other students I know haven't done by the time the graduate. Unless you just get a bad clinical site, the opportunities are there. Also, I'd suggest take advantage of the lab to practice your skills. You'll probably be taught a bunch of things that you might not get to apply right away and it really does help you stay comfortable when you do get a chance to use them.

Just my two cents... have fun!!!

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Psqrd specializes in Cardiac/ED.

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I am starting my 3rd semester in fall of my ADN and I will agree with the last poster that number 4 is a bit harsh...I would re-word it to say that its more of a shift of priorities! Ah so your friends want to go out on saturday night and you have a test on monday AM...well you know where your focus will be...tell your friends that when your done you'll buy a round but study time it is.

I also was a poor student in HS, but now is a different story...now I have focus and the importance of it to me and my family (wife+child).

Good luck and celebrate getting in and the start of your new career!

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