To offer more encouragement to other LPNs.
You are a REAL nurse! If many of you were like me and were denied admission to the ASN program the first time around due to one B or a low TEAS test score, then by George, please know how much easier it is to gain admission to the LPN-ASN program at all IVY TECH campuses in IN.
I had a total of 159 points between my TEAS test and my grades. I believe the max score is 200. I managed to gain admittance to Richmond (who only accepts 5-10 students/year) and even Bloomington- one of the State's most competitive regions. Yet, I finally took a spot at Lawrence / Indianapolis.
Please know, all of you LPNs who have felt prejudice against your nursing role, all of you LPNs who, like me, have been relegated at work to the professional nomenclature of "non-RN" or "tech" ... You are still a nurse!!!
Whether you choose to stay an LPN or take up the RN title; I hope those that move towards the RN will never forget where we came from and what we battled through. I hope that we can promote the LPN role, increase it, show it's capability, and encourage other facilities to embrace us!
I feel, as an LPN, I have learned so much. I feel ready to take on the world. I possess advanced EKG rhythm interpretation skills, ABG interpretation / performance skills, IV & PICC skills, CBI and NG/OG tubes, and superb assessment skills. I know the difference between rhonchi, rales, stridor, and wheezes. Hell, even my NCLEX-PN made me listen to breath sounds; hence why i am now so anal about every littke wheeze, snap, crackle, or pop! I'm even furthering my knowledge to include auscultating pleural rubs (but still in need of more clinical examples). Obviously, these skills will not entirely translate to the NCLEX world of nursing prep, but in relation to clinical skills, I will be far more adept to clinical situations than the "traditional" student who has yet to do their first real life catheter!
As an LPN to ASN student, I know my clinical skills will surpass those of traditional students but perhaps the traditional students will be able help us rejoin the class room atmosphere. It has been 2-3 years and I am rusty on NCLEX type questions and creating proper care plans.
I hope to continue my updates on AllNurses regarding my transition to give my personal take on the matter.
Good luck all current and future LPN-ASN students!