Nursing Practitioner

  1. I am currently enrolled in an LPN program.
    After graduation I would like to take a bridge program.
    I know there are LPN to RN bridge programs, but I am thining about becoming a nursing practitioner.
    Are there LPN to practitioner bridge programs?
    If I'm not mistaken a practitioner has a BSN, is that right?

    Would it be best to take a bridge to RN and then work on becoming a practitioner later, or just take a bridge program for BSN?
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  3. by   watersamy
    Nurse Practitioners have Masters level degrees. You do not necessarily need a BSN to be accepted into an advanced degree program, although you do need to be a licensed RN. There are schools that offer RN-MSN programs or RN-BSN-MSN programs with your last year focusing on a nursing practice specialty.

    My recommendation is to do a LPN to RN bridge and then work as an RN while attending school part-time. Most MSN/Nurse Practitioner programs are built around the "working RN" offering classes during the day, evening as well as weekends.
  4. by   VictoriaGayle
    Ok, I have to have my RN first?
    Thank you for explaining it to me, I want to talk to my school councelor about it but school doesn't start until July and I want to make a plan.

    So I should probably take an LPN to RN bridge and then continue my education?
  5. by   watersamy
    If you hold a Bachelor's degree in another field there are BSN-MSN accelerated programs for non-nurses. Otherwise you would need your RN license, whether you complete your studies thru a standard BSN, ADN or certificate RN program. Some prefer to do it gradually thru an LPN program then bridge to RN and then continue on so they can work and build experience. Personally, I received my ADN 6 months ago and am now enrolled in an RN-BSN-MSN program part-time while working as an RN. It keeps the money coming in and since I'm only taking 1-2 classes a semester, I'm able to pay for those classes without taking in loans.

    I would also suggest getting a part-time job as a Nursing Assistant at a local nursing home or hospital that keeps LPN's on staff. The experience is invaluable while you're at school. Once you've completed a semester of clinicals you'll be able to sit for your state's CNA certification exam (depending on what state you live in), although its not necessary to have to work as a CNA, it does help. Not only is the experience great, but it makes finding a job so much easier after you've graduated. Make sure that you apply at places that hire LPN's, because here in the Massachusetts area local hospitals no longer hire LPN's.

    Having your foot in the door is no guarantee of a job once you've graduated, but it definately helps. I worked at a local Rehab hospital for 8 months before graduating and passing the NCLEX, they immediately promoted me from a Nursing Assistant to an RN, no job-hunting needed.
  6. by   VictoriaGayle
    Thank you so much for all the information!
    I didn't know that LPN school qualified you to take your CNA.
    I would love to get some health care related work while in school, but I don't have any certification other that CPR and First Aid, and I don't have a vehicle. :X
  7. by   ejm123
    LPN also qualifies you for your CNA II good luck!