Quote from Soon2bRN_Cali
I guess my situations kinda weird....
I actually finished all my G.E. as well as pre-reqs for the ADN program at my CC. and will be applying this fall, however, I will also be applying to a LVN/LPN program this August also, so if the CC I applied to has not accepted me into the RN program yet, I will finish the LVN program. And after graduating and passing the NCLEX, I can enroll into the LVN-RN Bridge at a local vocational nursing school (after working for 6 months, which is required) and receive my ADN there instead... but only if the CC I applied to has not accepted me into their RN program.
So basically, I'm kinda going backwards, finishing my pre-reqs, then taking the LVN program to become a LVN, then taking the LVN-RN Bridge, then becoming a RN.
I've just been stressing off what I'm going to do. I actually attended at vocational nursing school for LVN before going back to a CC about 3 yrs ago and doing all my G.E. and pre-reqs, but only finished the vocational school's pre-req requirements for their program then backed out to go back to a CC to become a RN instead (Now I keep thinking to myself, WAS I CRAZZZY?? I would've been working as a LVN already). Because now it seems like forever to become a RN, and I'm having doubts if I'm ever going to be accepted into any RN Prgoram, So I'm thinking... is this the fastest way to go. Plus, I know I will be ahead of the game once I am in the LVN-RN Bridge program, because I would have more knowledge and experience.
Need your opinions..... PLEASE!!
No, I don't think you are crazy. A problem is...There are SO many obstacles to entering RN programs... despite the much-lamented nurse shortages. One would think that if it's THAT bad, money could be made available to expand training programs, or establish more of them. And, maybe a few superfluous "hoops" could be removed from the applications process. It REALLY shouldn't take five years to get through an AA program.
Give you an example. I have an MA degree in an allied health profession, and am a CCM. I have been doing medical case management and UR for a long time, and have managed a unit of UR nurses. I decided to become an RN.
The local JC has the two-year waiting list. So, I approached Meric. I was told I would have to take a year of "fluff" GE classes, BEFORE I could take the prerequisites. This includes Speech 101 (though I was a college debater,and have been speaking before professional groups for a long time), English Comp. (c'mon... parsing sentences never changes... and I got a high score on that part of the entrance exam), and Psych 101 (which I am credentialled to TEACH at a JC level). They wanted to waste a year of my time, in short.
They also had some other, I felt, unecessesary tasks to complete, before acceptance. When I asked them why, they said, "We make it difficult, so we can get only the very BEST." No...... that way you get the most PERSISTENT, who may not be the best. Getting into grad school was a lot easier and more straight-forward.
So........I went to another voc school, took the entrance exam, and submitted my records. Boom! I'm in. They only have the LVN program, but they expect to have the bridge w/i a year or so. I will also apply to the JC.. and go with whichever program takes me first. In the meantime, I can work as an LVN. I will make a lot less money, but I was bored silly with my previous profession. When I become an RN, I will go back up to my previous income.
So.. I think your are doing JUST fine! :-)