LPN / ADN / BSN / MSN. Whats YOUR plan? - page 3

Hi! I'm just curious how far everyone plans to go in their education. Also, the time frame that you hope to complete your schooling. And I guess what you hope to specialize in. :spin: This is purely... Read More

  1. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Ah you missed one...diploma!

    I'm currently on my way to my RN diploma. Once I'm done that (should be July if all goes well) I will start to do my BSN. I went for the diploma because it's a hospital based program and I can have my RN in 3 years (accelerated part time). I can then work as an RN while working on my BSN.

    For me this was the best option since I'm a little older and have 4 kids. I couldn't wait 4 years full time school before I started working.

    So I will start my BSN within 1 (maybe 2) years of graduation. I'm hoping only 1. Right now I really do think I want my MSN...I'm considering Neonatal NP. I know that things change so much. Things have changed for as far as what area I want to be in. I just am up in the air about what I want to be in that area.
  2. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from CT Pixie
    My ulitmate goal is being a NICU nurse (L&D is another passion I'd love to work). I don't want to go into management. I want to stay bedside so BSN really won't benefit me that much. Maybe once my little one is a bit older and more self reliant (she's only 5 now) I may go back for my BSN or MSN. I guess only time will tell.

    Just keep an eye on things...some states want to require a BSN as the lowest education level.

    In PA they are talking about it once again. Now they talk about it a lot and for a long time but at some point I do think it will happen. I might not happen during a time when I have to be worried but I know I need to watch it...even though I will be doing my BSN shortly after getting my RN.
  3. by   mixyRN
    I am 35 and completing my ADN in Dec '08. Then I will work for a year or so and apply to a direct entry accelerated BSN/FNP program...or the other route I am considering is completing my BSN in the year after graduation, while I work, then enter the new CRNA program that is beginning locally in 2008. Not exactly sure yet, as I am waiting to determine which specialty to pursue, but I know for sure I am completing a graduate degree...
    Funny enough, I am also considering medical school, but that is just a thought at this point. After my OR rotation I realized I'd LOVE to be a surgeon!
  4. by   SiennaGreen
    My latest configuration goes like this: very poor GPA from 17 yr old undergrad degree, so I am basically starting from scratch. ADN to 1yr RN-BSN, possible RN to MSN if we are going to stay in the area that long. Ultimately I want to do AP Nursing, likely Midwifery but might look lke Public or Community Health with focus in Maternal/Fetal/Child health.
  5. by   Iridescent Orchid
    I'm currently going for my LPN, then bridging to my RN, aspiring to get my ADN and maybe eventually my BSN if all works out as I'm kind of basing them to. I have the option to go straight into my ADN or BSN, but the colleges in my area have such a huge wait list that it isn't even comprehensible for me to sit by and wait. Getting my LPN, then bridging may not seem logical to a lot of other Nursing Students, but this is the route for ME.

    I'm taking a 1.5 year LPN Program, then doing the bridge program @ ABAC in Tifton. It's the best for me. After I get my LPN, I'll go to classes one day each week (probably every wednesday) from around 8AM-11PM for one year to become an RN and then I can go from there! I know that timing sounds crazy to spend at school/clinicals, but it's going to be worth it, especially considering it's nearly a 2-hour drive for me to get there, 1 day a week is ideal gas-wise!
  6. by   NNP-2018
    I have been an LPN for almost 4 years and I currently work in labor and delivery. I start my bridge program in the fall and will finish my RN June of 2011. From there I want to work in the NICU and start the ADN to BSN program fall of 2012. After I get at least my 2 years in of NICU experience I want to go back to school to obtain my NNP. I am 28 years old right now with a husband and a 2 year old and would like to be in the NNP program by the time I am 35.
  7. by   DarkBluePhoenix
    I'M 22 and applying to BSN program in Jan. Hoping to get into the program and do their trimester 2yr track over the 3 yr basic.
    I'll be about 24 with a BSN and starting a family (after hopefully getting a job BEFOREHAND)

    Speciality is open to anything. Surprisingly LTC looks interesting.

    Later on I hope to get my MSN.
  8. by   Iridescent Orchid
    I'm 21...I feel like a late bloomer into the Nursing field. I was majoring in Early Childhood Education...my heart just wasn't there! I've changed my route. I just feel like I've been wasting my time since high school and that I could have already been half way through with my BSN by now if I had started out with it. But I've got to stop thinking that way! I'm wanting to get my foot in the door as soon as I can, so right now I am getting my LPN, then transferring to MSC to get my BSN. After that I truly want to go ahead and go for my MSN. I'm not quite sure if I want to take a break in between my BSN and graduate school yet, but I guess I'll decide once I get closer to that route.
    Last edit by Iridescent Orchid on Aug 15, '11
  9. by   ErinRN2B
    I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I have one year left in my RN program. I loved my pharm class and would someday like to work in the pharmaceutical industry doing clinical research trials or working in drug development. After I finish my ASN, I'm planning on going to Purdue University [hometown school] and getting a bachelor's in pharmaceutical science. After that, I'm not sure. I've also been considering pursuing medical school after that (a giant leap from nursing, I know).

    I love psych too, so another option I'm considering is becoming a mental health NP.

    The third route I'm thinking about is doing the CRNA thing. I loved the little time I spent in the OR and PACU last semester and am anxious to learn more.

    Whatever I chose, I know that more education is in my near future. I'm still young and want to go as far in the medical field as I can.


    Oh, and I'm already married and have a kid. No more for us in the near future. I got married/pregnant when I was only 20 and started my ASN program when my son was 2 months old. I'm very happy being a mom but I also was never the kind of person who could be a full-time stay-at-home mom... I would probably go crazy.
    Last edit by ErinRN2B on Aug 15, '11
  10. by   ErinRN2B
    Quote from Iridescent Orchid
    I'm 21...I feel like a late bloomer into the Nursing field. I was majoring in Early Childhood Education...my heart just wasn't there! I just feel like I've been wasting my time since high school and that I could have already been half way through with my BSN by now if I had started out with it. But I've got to stop thinking that way! I'm wanting to get my foot in the door as soon as I can, so right now I am getting my LPN, then transferring to MSC to get my BSN. After that I truly want to go ahead and go for my MSN. I'm not quite sure if I want to take a break in between my BSN and graduate school yet, but I guess I'll decide once I get closer to that route.
    Are you kidding? I'm 22 and I hardly consider myself a "late bloomer" into the nursing field. There are loads and loads of posts on this site from nursing students in their mid-40s or even older.
  11. by   Iridescent Orchid
    Quote from ErinRN2B
    Are you kidding? I'm 22 and I hardly consider myself a "late bloomer" into the nursing field. There are loads and loads of posts on this site from nursing students in their mid-40s or even older.
    No, I was stating I've been twiddling my thumbs much longer than I wanted to. I'm not at the completion that I wish I was at by now, is all I was saying.
  12. by   ashulee89
    Quote from Iridescent Orchid
    No, I was stating I've been twiddling my thumbs much longer than I wanted to. I'm not at the completion that I wish I was at by now, is all I was saying.

    No worries, I felt the EXACT same way. I also started pursuing pre reqs for the nursing program when I was 21. I'm 23 now and I'm I start level 2 in January. Not saying I was late or anything. But i always think to myself, "Man if only I would have figured out I wanted to be a nurse earlier, I would've already been done." I have a friend who graduated HS a year after me, and is graduating with their ADN this year. At first it really bothered me because like I said, I could've already been done. But in the end, there were other things that needed to happen in order to prepare myself for this program. Everything happens for a reason and I'm just glad I'm in this program.


    Goodluck to you!
  13. by   blackberrie_281
    Im 20 and i am currently in a bsn program. I graduate in may 2013. I then hope to experience a variety of fields over a 7 yr period, such as flight nurse, er, psyciatric nursing before spending at least 2 yrs in the icu as well as start a family. Then start Nuse anesthesia school when im 30. I also have vague plans of teaching in my 60s and/or joining the peace corps.

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