Since this new forum could use a few more threads, I have decided to throw a question at you guys that may or may not be thought-provoking.
Why did you all decide to bridge to the RN? Why not remain LPNs/LVNs? Hopefully you're not frowning at the computer screen while thinking, "What a stupid question!" I'm seeking some honest answers here. I cannot wait to see what everyone conjures up. Thanks in advance!
Dec 13, '05
by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from NickiLaughs
I originally was going straight for my RN, but the schools are so competitive I got my LVN for the bridge program I'd be able to do. I like being an LVN, but they limit what you can do, only a few hospitals out here hire LVN's and the pay is much lower than in LTC (California stinks!). I'm sure many people realize the job isn't that much different from that of an RN, so why not spend the extra time in school to get the bigger increase in salary and more opportunities? It's not for everyone though, I know many people who are content as LVN's.
I'm from California, too. In fact, I attended Casa Loma College in Van Nuys from '04 to '05.
I recently moved to Texas about two and a half weeks ago. I want to bridge to the RN program because it will supposedly open more doors and present better opportunities. I couldn't do the RN program first because of the long waiting lists in California and the fact that I had not completed any prerequisites. The LVN seemed like the fastest way to get into nursing.
BTW Nicki, how did you prepare for the NCLEX-PN? I will take it for the first time on December 28.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 14, '05