LPN bridge to RN

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    I can't makeup my mind to bridge. I'm in my early 40's, married with 3kids. My hubby has a good career. I received my Lpn in June 2012. School was tough to juggle with family and hubby that's gone alot. The reason I want to bridge is financial safety for my kids sake if something happens to my hubby. I've never wanted to work in a hospital, so that's not a draw. I've been in management in previous jobs and don't want the headaches. My other worry is if the phase out LPNs. I dreaded school and all the BS and cattiness. Anyone have input? Thank you very much.

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    In Georgia, LPNs are always being pushed back in LTC, home health, or a Doctor's office. I don't mind home health its just a but boring and I hit my salary cap as an LPN 2.5 years about and I have been an LPN for 3.5 years. It only makes since to go back and make more money and for more opportunities in nursing. I understand your dilemma I am not married nor do I have kids, so its a bit easier for me. Many of my bridge classmates have a similar situation to yours. Two of them failed out this semester, but it is possible. I say go for it rather than have "What ifs" later... HUGS!
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    You don't mention your childrens ages, but if you can wait until they are a little more independent, it might be an option for you. I've been an LPN for 30 years and have thought of going on for my RN only once. I started a new career as a consultant training end users in EMR and thought if I went for my RN I could go further in this arena. With the clinical background I have accumulated, I thought better of it. I have an advantage over many of the other consultants I have met over the years. I know what I am talking about when it comes to clinical scenarios, and most of them don't have a clue. Good luck.
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    Thanks for your replys. My twins are 12 and the other child is 10. I'm under the wire bc my sciences expire next year- so it's now or repeat chemistry - ugh! I'm still thinking it over I hv until may to decide- I don't hv the heart for classes but I don't want to regret not trying. I really like being a nurse- wish I would hv been mature enough in my 20's to be one. I was told at my review I'm a great nurse but if I want to go anywhere I need my RN. Ugh.
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    I concur with what others have said. I have been an LPN for 3.5 years. I just got sick of hearing, "LPNs will be phased out..." and the ever demeaning, "LPN isnt really a nurse!" And for more job security. I dont plan on working in a hopsital so Im fine with my ADN- I will take boards in January 2013. I just graduated on thursday 12/20/12. I think it is possible to juggle it all, other classmates of mine have kids and the whole 9 yards and have made it. One classmate had a 2 month old baby when she started the program and she was at graduation, so she made it. I think you will just have to assess your support network and let your family know that you will need them alot for the next year or so. Our program was under 1 year once you got your prereqs out of the way which only took me 1 semester of prereqs. So I started in Sept 2011, got accepted to the January 2012 start and just finished this december. Good luck to you.
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    Quote from nurseywifeymommy1
    Thanks for your replys. My twins are 12 and the other child is 10. I'm under the wire bc my sciences expire next year- so it's now or repeat chemistry - ugh! I'm still thinking it over I hv until may to decide- I don't hv the heart for classes but I don't want to regret not trying. I really like being a nurse- wish I would hv been mature enough in my 20's to be one. I was told at my review I'm a great nurse but if I want to go anywhere I need my RN. Ugh.
    You might as well go ahead and do it. Another year of sacrifice for hopefully far greater rewards. I start my bridge next month. I'm 38 and I'm a single mother of a 7 and 8 year old (although I do have an amazing boyfriend of 1.5 years now). I got my LPN November 2011. I am comfortable and could stay where I am doing what I'm doing as a LPN but I don't want to limit myself or my family. No "what if's"...I already have enough of those.

    Good luck in whatever you choose.
    Last edit by shamrokks on Dec 24, '12 : Reason: left out something
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    Go for it! I am also an LPN, and will be entering my last semester of the RN bridge in January :-) it is very hard work, but you truly can do anything you set your mind to! Many of my classmates have jobs and kids at home (I have no kids, just a husband- he's enough for right now lol). It is time
    Consuming and tedious at times, but will be very much worth it for your future and your kids' futures :-) good luck in your pursuits.
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    Definitely go for it. You won't ever regret it!
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    Pray about it and do what your gut tells you. I was blessed to be a stay at home mom while my children were young. I went back to school May 2009 part time taking nursing pre-reqs while working part time; my kids were 14 and 10. I was accepted into the LPN program January 2011, finished in December 2011, licensed on Jan 7, 2012, worked full time in LTC Jan thru May. I was accepted into the LPN-RN transition program in May, so I went to part time work and I am now entering my last semester of the transition program. 15 weeks to go WOOHOO! I say all that to say, YOU CAN DO IT! I was told when I finished LPN program and debated about continuing, "Why not?, It's only 3 more semesters, You will have so many more opportunities, You will be so glad it did!" Needless to say, I am thankful I did, I can't wait to finish up and I am super excited about the opportunities that may be available to me. In my small town, LTC really the are the only option, the dr offices are beginning to hire cnas or phlebotomists instead that is if they ever have an opening. I wish you good luck.
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    Go for it...Just graduated in May from a BSN program. LPN for 7 years...did it for the job security, and in my area, they stopped hiring LPNs in bedside care, very few work in Drs. offices, UNLESS it is a part of a healthcare network, and in home care. Once I started working as a RN and was getting 200 dollars more a paycheck...I KNEW then it was worth it, lol...not in this profession for the money, but my investment to be able to have a great autonomy is MOST definitely worth it!
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