On my last question, I asked if there were any legitimite LPN
programs and found that yes, they are real and credited. My ultimate goal is to become a Neonatal practioner:heartbeat
, and I plan on taking accelerated programs to eventually get to my masters degree. I was wondering, would it be easier (Cheaper,less hassel) to become a LPN
first then go into a bridge program to get my BSN
, then get my speciality masters degree? Or, wait, become a RN
, and then go on to a bridge program to get a general Masters then get my neonatal specialty? I am worried about the LPN
programs being private (for profit) and expensive and worried about the difficulty of finding jobs after I graduate even though there are less steps involved. I'm just not sure what route I should take. In a month or two, I am becoming a CNA
so I can save up money for school and since I will be paying for school myself, I want to know my options to avoid making mistakes. Thank you for your time
May 1, '11
Quote from slinkyheadcna
lpn to bsn takes more time than rn and either way you still have to be an rn(either adn or bsn) to get a msn. its a waste of time to get an lpn imo nowadays. just take the damn classes. youre gonna have to take that time out one way or another. you only skip like one or two classes in the bridge programs anyways...and you would still have all the prereq classes to take before you can bridge.
bottom line...there is no quick and easy route to nursing. do the rn then the rn to msn
it would be best if i could get into the rn program first but i'm impatient. i don't want to wait for things. also i am graduating soon for another degree program and i just want to get right back into school (since i decided halfway through that i actually wanted to be a nurse instead)
. the lpn program is only 10 months and i wouldn't have to go on a 2 year waiting list
. i would be a licensed practical nurse after only 10 months and it would be easier
to get into the rn program and would only take 1 year
to complete. the rn program takes 2 years anyway
. so i wouldn''t be waisting any time---just spending more money
. but some people feel that spending the extra money is worth it. plus the bsn program for lpns sounds good to me--i would only have to transfer once and also i could work in a doctors office part-time as an lpn. not sure though what i am going to do...
oh--and i'm not considering getting a msn just yet--i was referring to the original poster's plans. a bsn is fine enough for me. then i will have to work to pay the loan back.
Last edit by upstatenygirl on May 2, '11
May 2, '11
yep--i know. the only jobs for new lpns is ltc and doctor's office. i will be a certified coder after i graduate in the fall so i can work as an administrative assistant or i could also work as a unit secretary (or the new term is "patient care representative") in a hospital that works at the nurse's station. i've taken a&p i and ii, math, physch, sociology, english 250, critical thinking, medical terminology, public speeking, keyboarding, computer courses, medical billing and coding and insurance courses....
i did actually see an lpn job at a local hospital but they want 1 yr. experience at least. i tried to get that job as a patient care rep but i got a rejection letter. i also applied for other clerical jobs like admitting and billing. competition is tough these days. being an lpn should boost my resume for working in the nurse's station. usually they hire nursing students. the hospital told me that they cross-train you on other jobs and that you get to float throughout the week if you want---not having to work on the same floor all the time. i thought that sounded awesome. i am going to reapply for another clerical position after i graduate and hope that my chances are better. plus i start volunteering for hopsice this month! i think that being a volunteer for hopice will help me gain some experience and also help with networking . i want to work in oncology but who knows what feild i will end up in as an rn. i know that hospitals are preatty much hiring rns with a bachelor's degree. that is my goal.
Last edit by upstatenygirl on May 2, '11