Any of you LPNs bridging to RN in your very late 40s - page 4

Just curious to know how many older LPNs are making the bridge to RNs and do they feel it will be worth their while from a employment perspective. I think it will take me approximately 5 years... Read More

  1. by   imagineme2day
    there is another live interactive video classroom.
  2. by   Helper-T
    Hi StagesOfThePath!

    I saw you are doing Excelsior LPN to RN. I just became an LPN at 47 y.o. & am now planning to take my 1st Excelsior Health Safety exam (LPN to RN) in a few weeks, so I thought I would ask you if you would recommend Excelsior, or if it is the same or less aggravating as every other college out there... alot of bs & unnecessary torture, that is.

    I was Valedictorian in LPN school & enrolled in an Advanced Track RN program only to find how terribly unorganized, threatening, condescending & patronizing the directors & deans of these programs are. Although I am on the Presidents List (of a real state college) I chose that specific program because I thought it would be a good education. When I found out that we had to go to YouTube to get videos (no specific video, just find one) that's when I dropped the program. I figured I could do that on my own - and Excelsior seems to have their program much more professionally organized - with an even higher academic content.

    I did check out 15 other programs within my state (Florida) only to find out that none of them really had a good recommendation. Yes, you can pass - but none of the students thought they were receiving - or had received - a GOOD education.

    I only need 7 Excelsior courses so my entire tuition bill is only going to be ($2100 + 975 + 495 + $2100 ) .... ($5,500) way less than the cheapest college in Florida!!!!!

    The only thing is there is no FAFSA with the ADN-RN so I have to pay the money as I go along.

    I would love to know your thoughts on this if you have time.

    Good luck on the CPNE !!!

    Last edit by Helper-T on Mar 4, '12 : Reason: spelling corrections
  3. by   NurseDalee
    I finished my LVN (I live in CA) when I was 48 and graduated with highest academic honors in my class and was also the oldest person in my class. I just found out today that I was accepted into a LVN-ADN bridge program that starts this fall! I am 50, but in a few weeks will be 51 years old and this summer I will be going to be in nursing school for my RN. For me it has been a dream of mine to be a nurse and to have my RN. After my RN I would like to get my BSN then who knows, I would love to teach nursing someday. Age is just a number, and what I have learned is that we can pull from our many past experiences and can help us in many situations. Go for your dreams, life is too short!
  4. by   gatoraims RN
    I just went to orintation fpr LPN-RN. I am in my mid 30's and thought I was too old.But guess what. I was lumped into the 5 maybe 6 students who were under 40! Almost everyone literally 80% of the class was in their mid to late 40's. I say go for it.
  5. by   gypsynurse
    Well.... this all sounds interesting..... I am now 56, and still STILL want my RN, ADN-RN will do just fine for me ! I am first trying to find out , if I can get my old FL St LPN lic back ! after it expired.... (the person in the dept the day I found out, (two weeks to late) that I had to rewrite the state boards ? ! is that so ??? if so.... i need the refresher first !!!! LOL... I have still been working, and licenced but want to get that one back to go on for my RN faster.... ??? any words of wisdom ?
  6. by   DeeNiceNurse
    Life has taught me that anything is possible if you put your heart and mind to it. I was a nursing assistant for 10 years. I started when I was a teenager. Then I became a LPN and have been for 5 years now. Im currently down to my last four pre req for the LPN to RN program and by the Grace of God will be entering the LPN to RN program in Fall of 2013. Im in my 30's with one child and a supporting fiance' and tons of bills but I know Im gonna do it!!! And so should you!! Goodluck and God Bless
  7. by   MCRMS
    I am so glad to see that there are others that feel like I do! I felt I was the only one! :P I was just accepted to an LPN -> RN program starting in January. It will be a year long endeavor.
  8. by   Vocationofalifetime
    I am 50+ and in a bridge program now for my BSN after being an LPN for 20 years. I wish I would have done it sooner! I am finding that my experience has contributed very well in my return to school for my BSN. I wish you great success! Study hard, be consistent in your efforts, trust your gut and challenge yourself. You will succeed!

  9. by   Kimynurse
    I'm 43 an LPN , I start a RN ADN program in January, it's a 2 year program
    Then onto BSN

    Good luck everyone
  10. by   sdm46

    I am in my middle 40's and am going back. I have always wanted my RN, but family and kids have kept me from getting it done. Now that my two children are in college, I finally have time to finish. It is not easy, but the benefits outweigh the negatives. It also makes my kiddos work harder in their classes
    :-) They don't want to be shown up by their mom.....
  11. by   equsmom
    I received my LVN at 50, now working on my BSN! Goof for us! Never to old! Just Breathe, I am sure you did great!
  12. by   OSUFan1
    Never to Old....I am 44 yrs old..been a LPN for 4 yrs and just starting my prereqs in Jan for a LPN to RN bridge..if all goes well should be done in about 2 yrs!!! Good luck!!!
  13. by   Lancal1
    I am 45, and yes I have been doing it little by little part time, but as I see it, my goal is to become an RN no matter what, so I'm finishing up through Excelsior because I work full time but let me tell you, as long as I'm one step and once class closer to achieving my goals, I will never doubt that I am doing the right thing. Keep persisting..... and keep your eyes on the prize.. Good Luck