Hi. My name is jessica. I am 20 yrs old.I have just completed my lvn and I am waiting to take my nclex. I have been thinking alot about what my next step is and I am very confused with school and need some advice. My final goal is nurse practitioner. I dont know what route is the best n not wasting any time either.
Should I do lvn to rn bridge and from there go to a rn to msn school?
Or lvn to bsn n from there bsn to msn.. which obviously will take aloy more time knowing I have no college classes done
I went str8 to lvn school after high school
I wss thinking its best to do lvn to rn amd then rn to msn at a school like uni of sf or anything in california since I do have the choice to skipping the bsn
Any ideas please?
Congratulations on your graduation. Please spell out your words on this post . This is not texting - we like full sentences and correct syntax. My advice is to go to work at least part-time and start getting your pt care experience. Regardless of the path you choose, it will take time. You mentioned that you lack the pre-requisite classes, and these you must have in order to be accepted into a nursing program. You are young - you have the time. Do not be in such a hurry. You will gain much from a good education. Practitioners are entrusted with peoples lives - they need a solid education, not shortcuts.
1) If are worried about "wasting time", don't bother with the "2yr" ADN degree if the NP is your goal. Why? You still need all of the prerequisite classes (2yrs). This is in addition to the 2 yrs of nursing school for a grand total of 4 yrs. So it is really a BSN, only without title!
2) Save yourself the time/money and get into a good 3-4 year BSN program, and then apply to grad school. If you do the bridge program (RN to MSN) and skip the BSN - you will not be able to teach in some states without a BSN somewhere in your educational history, so if this is the case where you live, and you want to teach nursing at some point in your career, then go for the BSN and then apply to a good MSN/NP program with a solid program - preferably one associated with a major university. I say this because they are in turn associated with major medical facilities and offer substantial clinical experiences for NP students.
3) There are many things that you will not be exposed to if you go through a bridge program. Bridge programs are typically condensed and students are under a great amount of pressure academically. You should choose a program that is rigorous and has high expectations of its students. Don' t sell yourself short- do the work and get into a good school- there are far too many substandard schools that are only too willing to take your money and give you a lousy "education" in return - you will lose in the end.
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