How many of you took the LVN-RN-BSN/MSN route??? - page 2

Hello ladies and gents, Just wanted to know how many of you decided to go to LVN school and then transition to a Rn program and then on to get your BSN/MSN? Also, did you regret taking... Read More

  1. by   KacyLynnRN
    I was a CNA for 3 years, have been an LPN for 2 years, and will graduate from the LPN to ASN program I'm in May 2005. I don't for a single second regret the route I took. I trained to be a CNA when I was 19 because my friend was one and the pay was $8 an hour, much more then I made being a cashier. To my surprise, I fell in love with nursing through my CNA job. I had quit high school when I was in 9th grade and really did not have a lot of self confidence in my intellegence (low self esteem ) and going for the LPN instead of the RN was the best thing for me. It was a diploma program, and that seemed a lot less threatening to me. I swore my first day of LPN school I wouldn't ever make it through the program! Well, here I am, 3 years later, with 2 years of Med/Surg LPN experience, and back in school for my RN. Who's have guessed my life would have turned out this way? Certainly not me. So...am I glad I did the CNA to LPN to RN route? Absolutely! Otherwise I don't think I ever would have worked in nursing. Plus...it has given me insite into how you feel being all the different members of the health care 'team.' I can honestly say I know where the CNA & LPN's I work with are coming from, and soon, the RN's as well. Very insightful.
  2. by   NRSKarenRN
    NA , LPN, BSN, started MSN. Varied interests and experiences. Each layer adding to the richness of my nursing skills.
  3. by   NurseDiva04
    Candy Striper - over 30 years ago (hehehe)
    Nursing Assistant - Over 25 years ago
    IT Professional - During the last 20 years
    Start Accelerated BSN program in September

    I should have done the nursing thing over 20 years ago!
  4. by   MADISMOM
    I'm very happy for you. Your words have encouraged me. I have been desiring to be a nurse since I graduated high school, but chose to get married instead, at the age of 18. Now, almost 13 years later and on my second marriage, I am still desiring to be a nurse although now I have an 18 mth old and a step daughter. I am scheduled to begin the LPN program in Jan. 05 and I'm so nervous! I'm currently a CNA (non-active)..I work in banking. My heart is where the patients are. I'm very proud of you! Any extra encouragement would be great! Thanks...Charlotte in North Carolina
    Quote from KacyLynnLPN
    I was a CNA for 3 years, have been an LPN for 2 years, and will graduate from the LPN to ASN program I'm in May 2005. I don't for a single second regret the route I took. I trained to be a CNA when I was 19 because my friend was one and the pay was $8 an hour, much more then I made being a cashier. To my surprise, I fell in love with nursing through my CNA job. I had quit high school when I was in 9th grade and really did not have a lot of self confidence in my intellegence (low self esteem ) and going for the LPN instead of the RN was the best thing for me. It was a diploma program, and that seemed a lot less threatening to me. I swore my first day of LPN school I wouldn't ever make it through the program! Well, here I am, 3 years later, with 2 years of Med/Surg LPN experience, and back in school for my RN. Who's have guessed my life would have turned out this way? Certainly not me. So...am I glad I did the CNA to LPN to RN route? Absolutely! Otherwise I don't think I ever would have worked in nursing. Plus...it has given me insite into how you feel being all the different members of the health care 'team.' I can honestly say I know where the CNA & LPN's I work with are coming from, and soon, the RN's as well. Very insightful.
  5. by   jelrtLPN
    Dear Charlotte,
    May I say CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU !!! The first day is the scariest of all, sounds like the same thing i did. i had 2 children 4 yrs and 2 yrs, when i started my LPN program, what a long strange trip it has been since i graduated 10+ yrs ago. I wouldnt trade it for the world, i hate it, i love it, and i wouldnt do any other "job" in the world. I'm not going to candy coat school for you, it will be hard, it will be frustrating and it will be one of the most demanding undertakings you have ever completed, and when they put that shiney gold pin on your lapel it will be one of your proudest moments of your life and the beginning of a wonderfully demanding career. Good Luck and God Bless
    Liz
  6. by   camiluvsNURSING
    Thanks to everyone that replied...I don't know what route I will be taking on these next few months. I am down to the last pre-reqs this Fall and will be applying to 2 ADN programs and 1 BSN program. If God decides that I should'nt take that route then I will apply to LVN school for JAN 2005. Either way I will become a Nurse one day
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Best wishes to you Caminurse...sounds like you've got your bases covered. I had to get to work quickly so I went LPN first..then did RN later (worked my way through school). Never went on to BSN or MSN..have happily stayed a diploma RN for 20 some yrs. It all depends on what you want and what's going on in your life at the time.
  8. by   alatta58
    Quote from caminurse
    What kind of graduate program is it? and What is USA? is that the name of the school?:uhoh21:
    Indiana State University has an Lpn to BSN program that can be completely done online and you take your clinicals locally-I am looking at it. their web address is--www.college- net.com their phone is--1-800-395-3276. Hope this helps-Mike
  9. by   calmynurse
    I am doing this route currently and think it's the smartest and most cost effective method. With all the wait list and point system going on ... just to get in an rn program is challenging to some. You save time by bridging and can even work if you'd like. I recommend this option to those who are not able to get into a program right away
  10. by   favthing
    I applied to the RN program at my community college and had a wait of 1.5 years, so I applied to the LPN program and got in the next semester (while holding my seat in the RN program). I graduated from the LPN program and started the RN a few weeks later, not having even taken the NCLEX-PN yet. This May 2011, I graduated from the RN program, and am taking courses this fall toward my BSN (haven't taken the NCLEX-RN yet...waiting to get my ATT ). My goal is to be a geriatric nurse practitioner.

    I am really happy that I've taken the step-by-step route, at least so far. I'm working as a nurse while I'm in school learning to be a nurse...having my own daily "clinicals" and earning a lot more money than I'd be earning as a nurse aide or tech if I were to have done the 4-year BSN. Nursing is a profession in which experience is extremely valuable, as can be seen with many jobs even requiring a year or two of experience for consideration.
  11. by   NurseNatashaRN
    Great work favthing. Working hard and hard work always pays off.
  12. by   MrChicagoRN
    I went Diploma RN to BSN to Master of Management.

    Would have liked to have entered as a BSN, but as a career changing husband, father, breadwinner, that wasn't feasible.

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