I'm new to all-nurses. I received news 2 weeks ago that I have been accepted into the RN program. I am very excited but scared. It's been 6 years since I became a LPN. I hear the program is highly competitive and strict but great Registered Nurses come out of this program. Any advice?
Dec 23, '12
by Ella26, ASN, RN
I like the "boot camp" comment, its funny, but she right. I just graduated from a mobility program LPN-RN (ADN) on friday 12/20/12!
I am just elated, its surreal still. I have been an LPN for 3.5 yrs. I also worked full time (had to to pay bills) at clinic M-F 830-5pm. The days I had clinical on weekday I had to take vacation time. Our program was class (theory on care of complex and multiple patients) on thursday nights from 6-10pm and clinicals sometimes on mon/tue from 3-11 at hospital or 7-3 on sat/sun at hospital. So this last semester we only had 18 clinical days. I did 6 days in sept, 2 days in october, 6 days in november, and 4 days in december. All at the hospital. It was 10 days in med-srug, 4 days in pysch, and 4 days in OB-Maternity. I started the program sept 2011 and just finished. We started with 18 LPNs and only lost 2. I do not feel that it was harder for LPNs. I feel it was much easier because it was an accelerated program. And I had the experience and backround to go off on. Be aware though that your training as an LPN does not seem to be recognized as much they didnt refer to us as nurses. They would always say "when you become a nurse then ...." I always felt like hey it says nurse in my title doesnt it? But I guess it doesnt matter because we are not RNs. Oh well I wont have to worry about that for much longer after I pass the boards. I am currently waiting to get my ATT so I can schedule my NCLEX-RN in January 2013. I think you will do great. Being an LPN is an advantage. I worked full time and still managed to finish the program with a 3.7 GPA. I feel you get out of it what you put in. If you give it 100% you will do fine.
Last edit by Ella26 on Dec 23, '12