Is it easier to get in if you are already an LPN?

  1. 3 Hi all. I am finishing up all of my core classes for the LPN to RN program this Fall and hoping to get into the accelerated program next summer. My question is for those of you who have already been accepted into your nursing program. Did you find that it was easier to gain acceptance since you were already an LPN? I recently took the NLN and scored in the 96th percentile so I am relatively sure that will help, but my GPA for the classes used to choose candidates is only a 3.0. I'm just wondering if already being an LPN gives you an edge over other candidates who have no previous nursing experience. I am really hoping that it will potentially help me to possibly be chosen over some higher GPA's since I graduated from the LPN program at the same school I am pursuing my RN. What do you all think, does it help to be an LPN? Thanks in advance!
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  3. Visit  Limik profile page

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    Limik has '18' year(s) of experience. From 'In a perfect world-NOT!'; 44 Years Old; Joined Jan '04; Posts: 185; Likes: 46.

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  4. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    As with all matters, this depends upon the policies of the school you are considering.
  5. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page
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    Well in general your not competing against the generic applicants because your applying to enter at a different stage of the program fitting in where students have flunked out. You'll be competing against other LPN's and students petitioning to repeat a class.
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  6. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    In the accelerated program I attended, being an LPN did not make a difference at all.
  7. Visit  Adri :) profile page
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    In the transition program I'm in, being an LVN didn't help the process. In fact, they only had a reserved number of spots for "community LVNs" and that makes it even more so competitive. They gave priority to the students leaving their LVN program and going into their RN. It was actually automatic acceptance for those guys.
  8. Visit  Limik profile page
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    Thank you all for your responses!
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    tothepointeLVN, you make an excellent point about entering in a different point in the program. I had not really thought of it that way!
  10. Visit  PNicholas profile page
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    I have 2 close friends in my program that are LPNs and they tell me all the time being a "clean slate" is better. It is easier to answer questions by the book when all you know is the book. On the other side, they have automatic jobs when they graduate because they already work as nurses. They actually mixed my class with the LPN bridge program and many of them struggled. I think that was more personality issues because they refused our help because they felt they knew more than we did. I feel if you know you want to be an RN go RN!
  11. Visit  Adri :) profile page
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    Btw...I got into my program with an A on the entrance testing and a 3.5 GPA. I was considered "first alternate", which ment I wasn't chosen in the first batch of people accepted but the first turned down their spot went to me. It only took 3 days! Does your school select alternates as well? We went into like alternate number 10 being accepted. They took them through the first week of class.
  12. Visit  Adri :) profile page
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    I agree with PNichols. It's been hard going back to school. Im very stuck in my ways apparently! The "clean slate" folks do better with the adjustments. But, I have advantages too. Clinicals are easy for me, I already have a job secured as an RN, and I'm used to patient/nurse interaction. There are ups and downs to each side! If you all work as a TEAM, you all will have something great to offer.
  13. Visit  PNicholas profile page
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    Also, our LPN program is 2 semesters and the LPN bridge starts you in second semester. So some girls have run out of financial aid.
  14. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from PNicholas
    I have 2 close friends in my program that are LPNs and they tell me all the time being a "clean slate" is better. It is easier to answer questions by the book when all you know is the book. On the other side, they have automatic jobs when they graduate because they already work as nurses. They actually mixed my class with the LPN bridge program and many of them struggled. I think that was more personality issues because they refused our help because they felt they knew more than we did. I feel if you know you want to be an RN go RN!
    The LPNs in your class had no right to be snooty. But I must point out, they don't "feel" like they know more than the rest of you. They DO know a lot more than the rest of you. Their experience as practicing LPN is worth 10x as much as anything you guys learned in class or clinicals. But I'll repeat, this gives them no right to be stand offish or aloof.

    I'm an experienced LPN going back for my RN. I must admit, sometimes I feel I should be given more leeway than the students who have never been nurses. I bristle when my instructor corrects me on skills I've been doing at work for years. The LPN-RN process should be totally separate from the general nursing student population. It's insulting when we have to start at almost the same level as students with zero experience.
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  15. Visit  billyboblewis profile page
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    I was accepted into nursing school and my lpn experince helped me in that matter. Luckily I had advice from senior students not to make a big deal or even ask for advanced standing because it was not apreciated by the faculty and I did not. The time I may have saved would not have been worth the experience I got from just going through the whole program and I really was not that much more knowledgable on the whole from other students who had some college background. We had a class of 55 students in a Catholic Hospital environment and we all worked and studied together. After graduation only one of us did not pass the boards the first time. We felt that we were truly qualified to start our careers as RN's
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