Using LPN to get to BSN - page 2

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Hi Everyone, Are there any LPN students or recent graduates that are using the LPN path to get to an RN, BSN or further and don't intend to actually work as a full time LPN? Has anyone been able to do this while keeping... Read More


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    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you so much for your replies and stories. Reading all of them has been very inspiring. I hopefully will be getting started on my LPN next month and feel discouraged at times when I read posts related to finding work or bridge programs. I have been trying to get into a BSN or RN program for years and never stopped to consider the LPN-BSN route. If I would have thought of this track earlier I would have had my MSN by now! Such is life but I am really excited to begin my journey now. I am even more encouraged to hear stories from people have already done it or are in the same path. Finally, finally I can start living my lifesdream :-)

    Good luck to everyone!
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    I am currently doing a LPN program and I plan to immediately start on my RN. I have been on a waiting list for 2 years, so instead of wasting any more time, I'm going to be a LPN. That way I can get experience in the field for the 2+ years it will take to complete my RN, as opposed to many new RN's who graduate with zero experience.
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    Quote from GoodtimeCNA
    I am currently doing a LPN program and I plan to immediately start on my RN. I have been on a waiting list for 2 years, so instead of wasting any more time, I'm going to be a LPN. That way I can get experience in the field for the 2+ years it will take to complete my RN, as opposed to many new RN's who graduate with zero experience.
    TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT!


    (that means we will *hopefully* have a job when we graduate as an RN)
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    Quote from giarmar
    To LADYBUUG, LPN. OMG!!!!! You have just inspired me BIG TIME. I am currently a CNA with plans on starting LPN school in January, but was worried about work and school. If you did it, then it can be done. School will be Monday-Friday 730-200pm which means I can work at night or work weekends and one night. Well, let's see if my employer will work something out with me. Thank you again and God Bless you and your kid.
    I am so glad!!! I am constantly encouraging people no matter what age or circumstance to go after their dream. I will tell you it was no walk in the park but I am so glad I did it! I am still in school, doing a BSN program online and completing a legal studies degree on campus, and I am still a single parent and I still work. It sounds crazy huh? My son is not neglected I am home every night to do homework with him, he is even in a accelerated program and I am in the PTA! You can do anything you set your mind to do! I stop letting people tell me what I couldn't do and I am laughing in their faces as I live out my dreams and continue to complete my goals one at a time. There are times I feel like crying but I give my problems a day or a couple hours and I pick myself up and keep it moving! Time waits for no one and I am not going to look back at my life and have any regrets. You can do it, I had two back surgeries in nursing school and graduated walking down the isle to be pinned with the aid of a walker!! I use that picture as motivation as well as my son everyday. Find your motivation. Contact me and let me know how it goes or if you ever need someone to listen DEFETE THE ODDS!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND ANYONE ELSE THIS ENCOURAGES!!!!
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    The LPN program that I applied to, in the orientation session, was openly discussing LPN as steppingstone to RN. For a number of reasons, LPN is more attainable for many people. The problem is that not much of it transfers in for a RN program. You might get Nursing I credit, but my local RN programs are not giving any more transfer credit than that. Some LPN-RN 1 year bridge programs, if you look closely, just the nursing part of it is one year. Before you can start that, you still have to do the "big 8 or 9" college prereqs, and that may take you two years part-time. Some community colleges that run a 2-year Associate degree RN will admit you directly to RN, but you are pretty much a college freshman like the rest of the class at that point.

    Another thing to consider is that some of those LPN-to-RN programs require from 1 to 3 years of LPN work experience before they will admit you. So, if RN is really your goal, it might be better to concentrate on that. Or if you can swing it, take your RN prereqs in the evenings and your LPN school in the days. so that you are in a better position to drop into a ADRN or BSRN when you finish your LPN.
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    Hi all, I just finished applying for the LPN program, took the Teas test and had my entrance interview. I am now waiting to hear if I am accepted. I have been doing pre reqs at Thomas Nelson and then found out I would have to take over a lot of high school courses; algebra, biology and chemistry. I didn't take these or didn't do well in them as I quit school. I did go back and get my diploma and now have a 3.75 GPA in college. I realized I could go for the LPN and start my career and then work into the RN program. I think that is what a lot of us are doing because the RN programs are very competitive and it would take me several years to get all of the pre reqs done before I can get into the field.
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    I am currently choosing this path to get my RN-MSN one of the schools I am applying to has an lpn-rn program which I will be trying to get into god willing.
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    Yes, I am currently doing the same thing. I am going to a LPN program aswell in hopes that I graduate and can go straight into the LPN-RN program. How was the teas test? My school is taking the teas V. I am studing now for that test. I hate taking test so I am a little nervous. Some people say that it is extremely hard, while others say it was easy. What is your take? I am very excited. I have been waiting to get in a BSN program and it is just too competitive. My GPA is a 3.78 and it is still not good enough. My counselor told me to retake two classed that I got a "B" in... I just couldnt do that so I decided to go this route instead. God willing I will make it. What school are you attending?
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    Hi, I am hoping and waiting for my acceptance letter. I will be going to Riverside's School of Professional Nursing. The TEAS test was very hard to me. I have been out of school for a long time and the only thing that saved me was my English scores. You have to get a 66.2 and I passed with a 70.6 so I am very happy, I have a 3.75 GPA at TNCC and have been taking pre reqs for 3 semesters until I realized I would need 4 more semesters to get them all done! This is why I chose the LPN route. Get the study guide for the Teas test. I had an old one not realizing it was a new test and didn't study what was needed so I am lucky to have passed. Good luck to you!
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    Thanks alot. Good Luck to you! I am taking the test in a couple of weeks. Very excited to get this over with and into the program already.


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