Insuffecient work experience to bridge? - page 2

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I graduated from my LVN program in July of 2011 and received my license in march of 2012. Since then I have been working as a "school nurse". I recently went to a LVN to RN bridge orientation at carrington college and the... Read More


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    We had all sorts of people that came to our bridge. We even had 3 that had not worked as LPNs yet. One had just graduated LPN in December and started the bridge program in August (don't ask, I have NO idea why she just didn't go through RN in the first place).

    They told us sometimes experience can get in the way, because "real world" nursing is SO much different than "book nursing." It can be confusing getting back into the role.

    Since the program still does clinicals, I can't see why it would matter. I was a nurse (LPN) for 13 years before returning. I can't say anything stuck out and helped me, I've done everything from SNF to acute to trauma to clinic. It DID make clinicals extremely boring for me since there was so much I could not do. The instructors finally put me to use and had me training other students.
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    Is that your only option as far as school? I know that there are several LPN to RN bridge programs in my city and not a single one that I went to speak with stated anything about what work experience they thought better for their program over others. The ones I went to simply took you if you were an LPN and passed the exam!
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    Quote from tanna898
    I graduated from my LVN program in July of 2011 and received my license in march of 2012. Since then I have been working as a "school nurse". I recently went to a LVN to RN bridge orientation at carrington college and the director was saying that although they take all types of work experience they prefer snf experience as those students tend to do better in the program. I really love working at the school it is like a dream job but with very little pay I cannot support my family. I have been thinking that I should get a second job at a SNF but then I would have little to no time with my family. My question is does it really make such a significant difference that I should change jobs or was the director over exaggerating? I was a very strong student during clinicals in my LVN program as I have had 12+ years experience in the healthcare field as a home health aid, cna, MA, and now LVN.
    At Twin rivers college in Sac?

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    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Aug 29, '12
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    I graduated from twin rivers adult school in sac. However, I am speaking of carrington college for their LVN to RN program.


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