I am 19, living in LA & my ultimate goal is to be an RN with a bachelors degree. I really dont know how to go about this.
1.Free LVN program through Jobcorps (7am-4pm)
-will not be living on center, therefor I will attend a city college (4pm-?) to get my prerequisites done for a LVN-RN Bridge program.
2. go straight to RN (a little unsure since I heard there is LONG waiting list)
-any good LVN-RN bridge programs (not online)?
One last thing, Lets say I have completed my prereqs attend the bridge program and get my associates degree,will I then be able to apply to a university like cal states or UC's for my BSN or did I actually have to complete my 2 years of general ed classes in community college.
What would you do?
I have no one to go to for help or advice so replies are much needed and appreciated. ANYTHING YOU CAN TELL ME WILL HELP ME
As a former LPN, now RN...it depends on the circumstances. You are in a area with a saturation of new nurses...keep this in perspective as well in terms if waiting list for a nursing program and the job hunt post graduation.
If you need to work, by all means go into the practical/vocational nursing route. It is intense, but you learn a great foundation of nursing practice as a LPN. You also state you want to take your prereq's at the community college after your nursing school hours. You may have to delay this; I assure you that a PN/VN program is VERY intense, (most nursing programs are, just sayin'
) as well as the prereq's are intense as well, and require your time, so your focus will need to be on nursing for your success and to attain your short term goal.
Your tuition is free...Which is AWESOME, so when you return to school, whether it be a CC or a university, you will be ahead of the game in terms of cost of schooling. If you can do your preq's in between quarters or take one class at a time, then by all means do it, then you can pick up the rest of your preq's after graduation, study for the NCLEX, and continue on with your schooling while funding a job. If you can handle this, then you have a plan in place.
You can get your associates and go on to a BSN program. I did this with much success. I suggest going this route due to the climate of "BSN preferred" organizations when it comes to hiring nurses. It will give you the flexibility if you choose to go further in your nursing career as well. You never know what life will entail, so the best option is to aim for the BSN.
In the meantime, look at your market in terms of hiring LPNs, look at the universities required courses, and plan accordingly. Hope this helps! Feel free to PM me if you have additional questions about being an LPN and the transition to being a RN, or ask me on this thread.
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Jun 30, '13