My story of getting to this point is so long it's pathetic. I had almost given up on going back for my RN, and had even started looking into other areas of healthcare. I kept feeling, though, like I had unfinished business in nursing. I had put in an application for advanced placement LPN-RN over 2 years ago (and because of life--new baby, moving, etc. I hadn't followed up on how soon I could start).
In December, on a whim, I figured to just call and see what's up with my application. I figured I would be told to keep checking back for a spot. I had planned to leave my job in Jan/Feb 2013 regardless, and was looking forward to spending some time home with my kids. I also planned to get the last 2-3 BSN prereqs done in 2013. Well to my surprise, I was invited to start the 2nd block of the nursing program! After scrambling to arrange for a sitter and several back-up sitters, getting health documents, books, etc. I'm finally starting tomorrow.
Now the reality of it all is setting in and I have a wicked headache! My schedule is not even so bad: Tue/Wed labs and lecture for about 3-4 hours and 10 hour clinicals on Saturdays. I guess I'm remembering the M-F schedule and grueling LPN program and I'm just so scared right now. I know I can do this, but now I'm second-guessing myself on whether or not I made the right decision. I keep telling myself it's only 3 semesters. I'm just reaching out and hoping someone else knows this feeling or can provide some much-needed words of encouragement.
Jan 27, '13
by Ella26, ASN, RN
I just finished LPN-RN, I graduated this past december. I am about to take NCLEX next week. I had those same types of reservations about completing the program. It was only 3 semesters and it goes by very fast. We had class thurs nights and clinicals on the weekends days or mon/tue nights. I also worked full time. Just keep your eye on the prize!!!
At first I couldnt see the light at the end of the tunnel, but then it was over and now I still cant believe I am done! If you got through the LPN program this will be much easier. You know exactly what to expect and just think of it as building upon your great knowledge and skills as an LPN and taking on more responsibility-like a promotion. You got this girl!
Last edit by Ella26 on Jan 27, '13
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