Louisiana State University in Shreveport LPN Nursing Program / A Big Disappointment
This is an EXPENSIVE program. By the time I graduate in December, I will have paid close to $14, 000 for technical school. For that price, you'd expect a top of the line lab to learn in, new equipment to practice on, and decent instructors who knew how to teach, be respectful, and be compassionate. The lab is full of broken mannequins that aren't anatomically correct. The equipment we use to practice with has to be reused after it is opened. When we were practicing starting IV's, the IV kits had contaminated alcohol wipes in them. They were contaminated with a bacteria that had killed patients, but rather than tossing the kits out and buying new ones, we were told to just toss the alcohol that was in them which seems risky to me.
The instructors at this college are lacking. They do not agree with each other, teach or grade the same. What's expected from one instructor might be completely different with another instructor. One particular instructor literally has you work your butt off in clinicals and went as far as to say that students are not to sit down, have a lunch break, drink water, or even have bathroom breaks while in clinical. I can't wait for the first student to pass out from hypoglycemia or dehydration and sue the school. The new director has no compassion for students. She sits at the front of the class and waits for 8:00am on the dot, then slams the door. If a student is late, they are locked out until break. Considering how much this program costs, being locked out seems unreasonable. When you're locked out, you are considered "absent" and then forced to makeup a whole day during semester break. Class is from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, so by semester break, students are ready for a break, and they need one! To take it away is heartless. There are many days where only one chapter is covered in class, but because class is from 8:00am to 4:00pm, students have to stay, even if it means doing busy work, or just sitting around talking or staring at the wall. Nearly everyone in the class has a family and children. Sitting around doing nothing angers most students. If there is nothing to teach, let the students go home!
I'm frustrated and tired of LSUS nursing school and I'm counting down the days to graduation. I feel like I was mislead at orientation about what I was getting into and while I love nursing and want nothing more than to be a nurse, this program leaves a lot to be desired. Think twice before enrolling in Louisiana State University in Shreveport college of nursing (LPN school).