Originally posted by lpnga
I am so unsure on what to do right now. I am currently in my first quarter for pre reqs as an LPN. I have two children and I am married. I want to go to work asap. I have called local university's and college to see about bridge programs, I will be finished with LPN in 2004 then bridge to RN while working as and LPN. that will take 1 1/2 years then bridge from RN to BSN in 2 years. THen apply to CRNA school.. My question is should I just go on now and maybe work as a CNA or Patient Tech or Phlebotomist and just pursue my BSN full time to get it in 3 1/2 years? The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Nurse Coordinator is calling me in a few days to let me know her opinions on what to do. What does everyone here think? the CRNA program here is 27 months. THanks
First, lets look at time requirements.
-For the program you outline, it will take you until what, January 2004 to get your LPN.
-Then you will probably start ADN in June or Aug 2004, waiting till you can apply. A year and a half later makes it January 2006 when you finish that.
-Then, you can work as an RN in a critical care unit while finishing that requirement while you get your BSN, starting in May or August 2006, completing the program two years later, in May 2008.
-Since you have fulfilled the requirements for CRNA school, you can immediately apply. Assuming you are accepted immediately, you would start in June or August 2008, and finish sometime in 2010.
So, by the program you have outlined, you are looking at a minimum of 8 years before you become a CRNA. The other route gets you your RN in 3 1/2 years. So you are an RN, BSN in 2006. Then, one year critical care experience, then application to CRNA school in 2007. Two more years school, you finish in 2009. So, the more direct route cuts one year off your time to your final goal, if I have done the math right.
But, I realize there are other considerations. You have not told us whether your spouse works or not, but if they do, can they support the family while you are in school? In other words, can you and your family get by on what your spouse makes, with what you make part time as a phlebotomist or CNA while in school? And remember, CRNA school is VERY busy, and most folks give up trying to work at all while in a program. So, you need to plan for that, as well.
Check with the university advisor. There are a bunch of scholarships out there for RN programs as well, and I think the next year to three years will see those numbers rise drastically because of the nursing shortage. I'm not sure what the HOPE scholarship is, but it ain't the only game in town.
Kevin McHugh, CRNA