I passed my Fundamentals Exam and my check off validations this week. I am so excited to be moving into the next phase of the semester. The exam was pretty intense, so I was proud to have passed the 1st time around. I do not relish having to take these exams the 2nd time. It puts a great deal of pressure on you, not to mention it racks your nerves. The whole way through the test the 2nd time around, you are just praying that you make a good enough grade to pass. If you do not make the grade the 2nd time
, your out of the program.
In addition to the exam this week, we also had check offs in Foley Catheter insertion, NG Tube insertion, and VS. We are now on to Med Surg. We will have check offs in Nasopharyngeal suctioning, IV’s, and Trach care this time. We have about 3 weeks to get all of the Med Surg down. Wish me luck!
We have another big test and skill validation (Physical Examination & Health Assessment) coming up this Thursday, 2/26. I can’t speak for everyone in the class, , but I am, of course, nervous. I have a great deal riding on making it through this program. The thing about nursing school is that you have to make certain grades on each of the tests and skill validations, otherwise you are out of the program. This puts an extreme amount of pressure on the student. The mobility program is not quite like the traditional RN program. This 1st semester is killer. Basically, you are doing a year’s worth of LPN classes all crammed into one semester. It is, for all intents and purposes, a fast track into the RN program for currently licensed LPN’s. It cuts off some of the time that it takes to complete the RN program. Read the rest of this entry