Insuffecient work experience to bridge?

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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 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.
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    Are you enrolled in the program? If so, I would just listen to what she had to say but continue on your path. Everyone will always have their opinion of who will succeed and who won't succeed. Just use it as motivation to do well.

    I know the bridge program where I go to school requires at least a year experience in order to apply. So it's great that you are able to do it after getting your license in March.

    Have you thought about applying for a PRN position at a SNF?

    Good luck!
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    I'm sorry what's SNF?
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    SNF--skilled nursing facility, some people refer to these as long term care. Generally a skilled nursing facility care is covered by Medicare and the goal is to ultimately discharge the patient, they may offer rehabilitation services also.
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    Silly me.
    I work at a LTC on a sub-acute rehab unit.
    I know it is skilled nursing, just did'nt put it together.
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    I have not been accepted to any RN programs as of yet. It was an informative orientation about the program.

    Has anyone bridged already that can share their experience and if their lack of SNF/LTC hurt them and made the program more difficult. Or vice versa.

    My other option is to apply for a traditional RN program which will take twice as long( I would be starting from the beginning). I would prefer not to go this route as I am starting to get burned out on school and my husband is ready for me to be done.

    I do have the opportunity to get an on call position at a SNF I am just worried that I won't have anytime for my family as i am working m-f and going to a community college finishing my prereqs for my bachelors degree. I am trying to spend as much time with them now before I start back to nursing school again.

    I guess my basket is full of eggs and I'm not sure I can squeeze more in without some breaking.
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    For what its worth, I attend an LPN to RN bridge program with 12 other LPN's. Of those 12, 4 have ZERO experience in working as an LPN in any fashion (LTC/SNF or othewise) the ink is still literally wet on their license. Of the 8 remaining, there are 6 who work in other areas besides LTC (doc offices, clinics etc), that leaves me and one other. The other has been in LTC for 7 months and I have worked as an LPN in LTC/SNF since the day I got my license (4 years). We are ALL doing well in the program. And yes, those of us who have experience are more comfortable doing certain procedures etc than those who have never worked as an LPN. The two of us who work LTC/SNF have been exposed to a little more in terms of hands on procedures, meds etc than those who don't work SNF but once they are shown the procedure they pick it right up and are confident enough to jump right in. If I had to say which of the 3 groups is doing the worst...(and no one is really doing badly) I'd say the ones with no experience at all. Then again, those 'new' ones still have all that info from school fresh in their brains, they haven't developed any bad habits that a nurse with experience tends to do. I guess what I'm saying is, experience in a SNF over a clinic/school/office doesn't make you a better RN student.

    I wouldn't start squeezing in any more eggs, you might just break could break them all
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    Thank you CT pixie that makes me feel better. good luck with your program
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    I have no idea what all these abbreviations stand for but I'M learning.
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    Quote from forbidden2know
    I have no idea what all these abbreviations stand for but I'M learning.
    Welcome to your nursing journey. You will encounter new abbreviations every day especially if you choose to work in a hospital. Despite my years of experience I learn a new abbreviation nearly every day...and forget the last 2 I learned. Here is a link to a list on abbreviations. Many of them are not common so you will not need to know all of them by any means.

    Feel free to PM (private message) me if you have any questions on becoming a CNA.

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