Hello, may I ask why did it take you so long to be tested? Three years is a very long time between LPN school and taking your NCLEX. I don't know about any refresher courses in Georgia but you can go online requesting practice test questions for boards. Does your state have a time line of when you will be expected to return to LPN school if you don't pass the test? I only waited about six months after I graduated to take my test and still found it hard to get through. Try the practice questions, they help!!
Hello I finish with my PN course 3 years ago and I just took my NCLEX June 27 and I fail it. Do anyone know of a good refresher class in Atlanta Georgia
Thanks! That was a big help. I'll look into this. And @montag ... thanks for mentioning the documentary. It's definitely worth investigating.
I fully agree with the advice of Eileen and the other commenters before her. * *
Just from your question, JayPee, clearly you will make a top-notch nurse. *
And that's what worries me..and the rest of us nurses who have been around the block a time or two. *Because so often it's the best nurses, the ones who try the hardest to give it their all, who start out like the wonderful Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. *Motivated and fascinated. *Then the curtain is pulled back, exposing the real Oz -- wizards, witches, and warriors carrying (sometimes) invisible arrows. *Soon fascination turns to frustration, frightenings, and a must-get-back-to-Kansas desperation. *Those of us who've seen much call it burnout. *And shortages. *It hit me hard way back when. *
That's why, in my frustration, I chose to research the issue in a year-long analytical study of the nursing shortage and the stress factors of individual nurses. * I asked nurses why they gave up on their beloved profession to go into real estate, or teaching third grade, or -- as one 17-year nursing veteran did -- start a fishing business. *RN Magazine published the results of my study as the feature cover story and there was great interest. *We even made a big splash in Parade Magazine...marching nurses and all. *Sent our caps to the Florida Governor in protest of voiceless nurses advocating for better patient care. *
But, you know what? *Here we are still back to "business as usual," with one third of nurses still not working in nursing. *And healthcare reform is still a juggler's political ploy.
It hurts me to be so blunt. *But for you and the other wonderful and dedicated new generation of caring nurses, to go into nursing knowing that there WILL be challenges when you're out on your own, will make you stronger sooner -- and you can still be wonderful and dedicated and caring. * Because you are the nurses we need to have REMAIN in the profession. *To try and get a graphic message to nursing students and new grads, I captured my experiences of over twenty years in my latest novel, NO OTHER MEDICINE: Children of Healthcare Corruption, where the protagonist, Marilyn Pelletier, RN, faces the same obstacles you will experience...and she finally figures out how to make the system work -- for her and for her patients.
So, stay with your high standards of nursing excellence, JayPee. *Believe in yourself and your profession...and you will be a winner! *Marilyn did it, and so can you.*
I wish you the very best,
Gail Ghigna Hallas, RN, PhD
Just watched "FOOD INC" on NETFLIX. I think you can get it on Amazon.com too. Fantastic film! Very eye opening and makes you think twice about what you order and buy. Informed and educated buyers....wouldn't that be nice?
What a wonderful question for you to ask! I think the simple fact that you care enough to ask it speaks volumes about what kind of nurse you WILL be! I've been a nurse for over 30 years, some of those years in the clinical setting, many of them in management. As I read your question, I look back and remember that I always wanted to be a nurse (my mother told me I said it when I was four or five years old) and I guess I always wanted to be a good nurse, too. Otherwise, what's the point? All of the advice you were given in the previous responses is good advice: the knowledge you will gain, the expertise you will develop, the people you will work with, the feeling you will have for your patients, the way you will treat them and the way you will work with your coworkers, the mentors and preceptors you will meet, the seminars, training and courses you will avail yourself of, the books you will read--all of it matters, and all of it will add up to the kind of nurse you will be. Do well in school, garner as much knowledge as you can, get the best job you can when you graduate. Don't be afraid to "reach" for the job you really want. Grow all during your career; take continuing education. The learning never stops. Read, read, read, especially your professional journals. Get advanced degrees. Join a professional organization. Care about what's going on in nursing. Stay current. Have good friends and colleagues who are nurses; they will be important to you all of your nursing life. Always be proud to say, "I'm a nurse!" Have a wonderful career. And as I said earlier, based simply on the fact that you asked the question you did, I know you will. Best wishes, Eileen Williamson, RN, MSN, VP Nursing Communications & Initiatives, NY/NJ Nursing Spectrum.
Thank you for bringing this up. For 20 years nutrition has been a big concern for me . Doctors are taught nothing, nurses not much, and nutritionists are lacking. Fresh, and raw if possible. This is on the news tonight.
Becoming a better nurse starts with the individual however your patients and fellow staff members provide the feedback. MAke sure you stick to policy and procedures of you institution and state requirements but also try and address concerns that the patients have. If you can balance the two and get self satisfaction in doing these jobs you will not only be a better nurse but a better person. Just know nursing is a very rewarding job and little things that may not matter to you matter to other people
I would rather work with an LPN then a Med-tech any day.The facility's need to bring back the LPNs full force, and include the LPN into the nursing shortage,THEY ARE LICENSED NURSES. It would make good sense to hire and use them, in a time of need with the ongoing elder care as we see it. We should include all nursing professionals together. Broaden the scoop of nursing for LPNs as needed. Most LPNs come with a plethora of experience and are great team players. Some facility's only hire BSN,RNs..Good luck with your staffing!
I totally agree w/the above comment, "Treat all your patients how you wish someone would treat you or your family members. And always learn everything about the area/speciality you work in." My other advice is to treat everyone the same no matter what their payor source or lack of payor source is. Treat each person as a human being and put yourself in their place and imagine how they feel. The other advice I have is to leave nursing before you become a burnt out nurse! There are many areas of nursing you can go in to....try a few and you'll find the right one for you! Oh and I almost forgot...be nice to new incoming nurses.....they are scared to death usually.
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Find a mentor and get tips on organizing your workload and all the ins and outs that take years to learn on your own. When you are hired and begin your orientation as a new grad check out and befriend someone you really admire and see if she/he can precept/mentor you.
And above all follow Miami_NightNurse's above advice.
Treat all your patients how you wish someone would treat you or your family members. And always learn everything about the area/speciality you work in.