Cant decide if should start out as LPN or go RN? - page 2

by jeepngrl

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Im a Medical Assistant, not certified. Im wanting to do this online. I want to be an RN Im not getting younger so would like to go the quickest route. Im very experienced now over 10 years. Do you think it would be faster to just... Read More


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    Sorry, folks, I haven't checked in in awhile.

    What do I say?

    I went in as a 36 y/o non-degreed professional. Former EMT/Phleb/AUA/lab tech. I was blessed with a self-motivated, disciplined peer group, on-line, 6 total and I was the only guy.

    My criticisms, from what I am able to find, are not exactly unique to RSC, but are something to consider. One of the professors was not overly adept with on-line instruction, and frankly had too many resources/asignments. I believe this has changed. While it is true that you have to know "all the stuff" in nursing, it is possible to narrow the resource material, teach fundamental concepts, and build critical thinking in a much more limited framework.

    I had a couple of discussions with faculty about this. The first time, because it suited political aims within the HS department, my concerns and those of our group were "carefully considered." The second time, I was told that I was impertinent, a trouble-maker, and extremely gauche for calling into question the abilities of the professors. (My step-father and father-in-law both taught at Annapolis, FWIW.) Whinewhine, moanmoan.

    It is survivable. It is not overly challenging, if you are able to synchronize with the instructors' thinking on the exams. The majority of questions are taken from NCLEX texts, though one difficulty we experienced was the re-phrasing of questions from a published text in ways that did not necessarily manitain connection to the "correct" answer and its rationale.

    Tests and grades for campus and on-line are seperate, so it is a bit of a stretch to say that both groups receive equal instruction, but if you are self-disciplined and do the work(and figure out which work for you is unnecessary), it won't be hard.
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    Quote from OkieMom3D
    There are some LPN schools here that have a 1 to 1 program with OCCC and OSU-OKC. You go to the TECH school for your LPN, and then are guaranteed entranced into the RN program immediately following. This way you can work as an LPN while getting your RN, but you are also getting your RN in the same shot (no time in between). I did not do this, so I can't give you anymore info about it, I just know others who have gone this route.
    Yes, I agree that the 1:1 programs are really good. There was at least one person in my tech school class who was in a 1:1 program.

    For me it came down to pre-reqs. I wish now I had just gone through pre-reqs and gone for my RN first, but I will appreciate the money raise I am getting from CNA to LPN, as I am paying my own way through school.

    I am hoping to do LPN to RN at Rose.
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    I have a question I'm curently a patien care technician working in the emergency room Which mean i have my phlebotomist , ekg, CNA , certification i also have my associate in health care adminitration ... And i took my intravenouce certification which mean i can put iv .. But im not allowed to ... Lol.. Im also a medical assistant and biller and coder .. Well the question is since i have all of my nursing pre - req i would like to know which would be a smarter route for me ... if going to lpn school then BSN or just going straigth in to RN - school then to BSN .... I was also wondering since i have my associate in health care would it shorten the lpn to bsn process ... Lpn is 11 moth RN 2 years Lpn to bsn 2 - 4 years RN to BSN 1.5 year But i would like to know if having an associate plus lpn plus Rn pre- re would only mean i have to go,for school for 11 moth plus 1.5 year to get my BSN. .? Is that posible ? Because i heard of people who has a BA in what ever concentration and obtain a master in nursing so lpn plus Ass degreed would be a short cut rigth ?
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    it might take more time to go from lpn to rn to bsn. If you become a lpn then you can get a year of experience then complete OU's LPN to BSN in 9 months. It really just depends on what you want. I will say that with lpn school you will get more clinical hours and will benefit from that when you start working.
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    GO GET YOUR RN! When your a LPN (usually) all you think about is going back to school for your RN
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    I did OU's RN to BSN and was in class with several LPN's that were getting their BSN's as well, bypassing the traditional route of LPN to ADN to BSN. since you have to be an LPN for a year before starting OU's program idk of its a benefit or not... For RN's you do not have to have any nursing experience before starting the program and you also do not have as many clinicals. I worked full time while attending OU full time. It was nearly more than I could handle that first semester. Word to the wise: get yourself thoroughly organized if you go to OU. They will keep you disorganized enough without you helping them any! Good luck to you!


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