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  1. This morning I had a meeting with the Dean at the technical college that I graduated from (LPN school). And as we mapped out the course for my future, she was brutally honest with me. She told me that I was making the best decision by taking prerequisites for a BSN program, because for 1 if that is your ultimate goal you will be spending more time bridging to and ASN and then bridging to a BSN. Then 2 in my state as well as others the LPN and 2 year bridge programs are basically drying up and being done away with. And she told me that unfortunately this is part of the effort to do away with LPNs all together. She then went on to tell me how smart I was and how good it was that I was thinking big by taking my education to the max.

    Basically I'm saying this...I am proud to be an LPN. I'm proud of the accomplishment of getting through LPN school. However, if you are aspiring to become and RN you are in my opinion making the best decision you can make in this industry. Whether your in a 2 or 4 year program. It's unfortunate how things are going, but I just incourage all of you to keep aspiring to become something greater. umpiron:
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I do agree that at least in many hospitals (all in the area where I live) are not hiring LPNs. I was an LPN for two years while I did the ADN bridge program. However, in retrospect, I wish that I had just bit the bullet and done the BSN right off the bat. However, it wouldn't have worked for me with the constant moving since hubby was career military.
  4. by   cc71
    I just stumbled upon this thread and ya'll have made my spirits a little brighter. I am having an extrememly difficult time w/ Adv. Med-Surg in my ADN (bridge from LVN) program. Everyone is, even some students that were "A" students before. I am making an A in my ethics class that I am also taking. I have done everything possible to prepare for the tests and I still don't understand her question and she doesn't give much of a review. I study w/ my NCLEX review book also. My point is, almost everyone is doing bad in the class and many of us are failing. I don't feel too "stupid" because I am not alone, yet it gets my spirits down thinking that I may not ever be able to become an ADN and then BSN. But maybe God is closing this door and opening another, you know? Maybe I am destined to move on to the BSN program instead. It's agonizing, not knowing at this point, what the future holds for me. I am not very spontaneous, can you tell! LOL!!!
  5. by   wefdm21
    Well first congratulations. You are to be commemended for making the decision to further your education. I would say though that if your ultimate goal is to earn your bachelors degree, I would suggest going straight through. But then I don't know your current situation. How far along are you in the ADN program? If you are doing OK I would continue. How well do you like where you are currently employed?
  6. by   cc71
    If I pass this semester (not looking good), I will only lack one more semester. If I don't pass (gulp! hard to say!), I would consider changing schools from the local community college to the university nearby. The university offers a LVN to BSN track, but I am unsure of details. Drawback is... my GPA will suffer from this semester and I may not be accepted into the university. I am doing bad in one class though and I don't want to lay blame at anyone, but maybe I am not "connecting" w/ the instructor. The failure rate for this semester in that class is 87% right now! I feel that I can do this but maybe I am supposed to take a different route than the one that I have started.
  7. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from wefdm21
    This morning I had a meeting with the Dean at the technical college that I graduated from (LPN school). And as we mapped out the course for my future, she was brutally honest with me. She told me that I was making the best decision by taking prerequisites for a BSN program, because for 1 if that is your ultimate goal you will be spending more time bridging to and ASN and then bridging to a BSN. Then 2 in my state as well as others the LPN and 2 year bridge programs are basically drying up and being done away with. And she told me that unfortunately this is part of the effort to do away with LPNs all together. She then went on to tell me how smart I was and how good it was that I was thinking big by taking my education to the max.

    Basically I'm saying this...I am proud to be an LPN. I'm proud of the accomplishment of getting through LPN school. However, if you are aspiring to become and RN you are in my opinion making the best decision you can make in this industry. Whether your in a 2 or 4 year program. It's unfortunate how things are going, but I just incourage all of you to keep aspiring to become something greater. umpiron:
    *** It must be a regional thing as two years ago the State of Wisconsin changed it's AND program to a 1+1. That means that after the first year of nursing classes you can sit for the LPN boards and after the second year you can sit for the RN boards. This means a LOT more LPNs in Wisconsin.
    My advice for any LPN who wants to become an RN would to go ADN. It's way cheaper and in no way slows down the path to BSN and best of all you can get your employer to pay for your BSN after you are an ADN RN. Plus most RN to BSN programs are desinged for working RNs. An RN get her/his BSN in two or less years, get their hospital to pay for it, and make $40-$60,000 a year while getting a BSN.
    I feel that the $100,000 or so an RN would make in those two years must be considered. That 100K must be added to the cost a traditional BSN program.
  8. by   cc71
    Sorry, typo! Failure rate is 67%.
  9. by   dmarie (GA)
    If you fail this semester, would it be possible to repeat it? Since you're so close to graduating, it might be worth it. And it will only help you in the long run to see the material a second time.......

    Hang in there!
  10. by   cc71
    I've emailed the administrator of the program a few times re. reapplying but have not heard anything back yet. I think the instructor(s) are overwhelmed by the amount of students that are failing the course right now. From what I understand, the failure rate is usually not this substantial. I found out today that I will need to get a 90% on the final to pass the course. The highest grade I have gotten on a test in the class so far has been an 82. I sound like such an idiot but I promise, this is a first for me! I have never done this bad and a 90 sounds impossible at this point. I still am going to try my hardest, like I have been. I know my biggest downfall is the inability to process through the question to get the answer that she wants. Oh well, I will quit whining (and start praying)....Bible in one hand, textbook in the other! LOL!!!:bowingpur
  11. by   dotscan
    Hi Everone,
    This is an inspiring incident. I am taking BSN/MSN program as for now and having finals tomorrow for the end of the first semester. I feel discourage and maybe this might perk me up. Thank You for sharing your story and hopefully we keep doing what we started.
    dotscan
  12. by   kimandben43
    good luck on your final exam
  13. by   tiredmom
    hey dotscan,
    good luck tomorow! I have been feeling discouraged myself. I am repeating nursing 4, and I just took 5th exam today, final next monday, and I dont think I did too well. I really don't like my school, half of my class (12 out of 24) had to repeat. they want their magnet status and nclex pass rate high. I feel I should do better because I am a LPN, I just really feel stupid lately. I was an A/B student before nursing program, what the heck happened?
  14. by   dotscan
    Dear thread,
    Thanks for your support. I'm glad there are individuals left, who cares.
    I hope you will make it to the "A" level by Monday. You deserve it.
    LPN like us are looked down upon by you know who. Anyway, we may be miserable at this time but if I got company, it lifts up my spirit.
    Just like nemo the fish in the movie, we just keep on swimming until we reach our destiny.
    Dotscan:trout:

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