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    Changing careers and was researching the nursing field due to the job security. I came across this site and had a few questions. I have a CIS(Computer Information System) degree and have worked in the IT field for 14 years. However, due to the global economy and the outsourcing of jobs in the IT industry the future looks very grim. It's true technology information jobs are growing above the average compared to other fields if live in outside the U.S.A.. Anyways, I will be receiving unemployment benefits soon. ( By the end of the year) So, I thought this would be a good time to start a nursing career. Like most folks I have a mortgage and bills and really can't live off unemployment more than a year. I thought I would look into getting my LPN since it can be obtained within 12-15 months I believe. Once the LPN has been obtained I could start working again and enter the LPN to RN online programs I see advertised.

    Question: Has anyone actual done this? LPN to RN thru a online program? I would think more clinicals would be required for the RN. Or are all the required clinicals part of the LPN program?

    Any suggestions or advice please.. Thanks
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    Welcome to the site and good luck on your journey

    May want to look at these forums

    General Nursing Student Discussion forum
    LPN to RN student forum
    Distance learning forum
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    Welcome to allnurses.

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    Thanks Silverdragon102/Tnbutterfly for the warm welcome and links... I'd still like to hear some stories of folks that went LPN to RN with an online program...
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    Thanks Silverdragon102/Tnbutterfly for the warm welcome and links... I'd still like to hear some stories of folks that went LPN to RN with an online program...

    If you go to the distant learning forum you will find many stories there plus post a question and I am sure you will get some good answers
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    Look at the Excelsior College program, www.excelsior.edu. Many people on this site have graduated from or are currently attending EC. This program, while not the only distance RN program, is the most popular one in the US. First, find out if their program is accepted in your state, as some states do not recognize it or place extra requirements on EC grads to get licensed in their state. Good luck with your plans.


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