Not sure which path to go
- 0I would like to become an RN, and after doing a lot of research I'm still uncertain of which path to take. I have a bachelor's degree in Biology, so for a while I was weighing the BSN or ADN-to-BSN path. But then I stumbled upon some websites that said if you work a full time oddball schedule (like I do... 12 hour shifts 7pm to 7am, rotating) it's better to get your LPN first, then find an LPN to RN bridge program.
Is anyone familiar with all these options and/or had experiences weighing the pro's and con's of all 3 (BSN, ADN>BSN, LPN>RN)? Or just be a CNA first?
Thank you in advance for any input!!!
Also, with my hours that I currently work listed above, would it even be feasible to find classes and eventually clinicals to jive with that schedule?
I would def need to take A&P 1&2, but my other pre-req's should be covered from my previous major
- 0Jan 28, '13 by lace_faceI think your best bet with a previous bachelors would be a second-degree or accelerated BSN program. Maximum results, minimum time/money investment.
I think it is highly unlikely that you will find a nursing program that will accommodate a rotating schedule of 12 hour shifts. All the LVN, ADN and BSN programs in my area (Houston TX) require a 5 day/week commitment varying from 5 up to 12 hours per day. I think it would even be difficult to find a CNA program to accommodate that unless you could request all Saturdays off and get into a Saturday program intended for the M-F 8-5 workers.
- 0Jan 28, '13 by phoenixnimI know in my area a couple of schools offer an accelerated BSN degree that a lot of credits might be met already due to your other degree. You would likely just need to take the pre-reqs and core sciences and nursing classes. All the schools around here also offer online, night & weekend classes for adult students.
- 0Jan 28, '13 by combsj25It is obvious for us all to answer that you should pursue an Accelerated BSN since you already have a prior bachelor's degree, but in my 6+ months of researching them and having recently applied to several I can tell you that you will NOT be able to pursue that path and continue working your job. Every ABSN program I obtained information from strongly suggested not working while in the program, some even require that you do not. I have spoken to current students in an ABSN program and am told to expect putting in 16-18 hours per day in classes, clinicals and study time. That barely leaves enough time to sleep, let alone - take a break, enjoy a meal, walk my dogs, see my family or friends. I can't imagine trying to or having to work as well.
I don't know as much about your other options as this is the route i researched the most and decided to pursue, but I think you can find an ADN program that will work for with your schedule. Then obtaining your BSN from there can even be done on line. Do you have any flexibility with your job and schedule?
Good luck to you
- 0Thank you! Yes, an accelerated BSN would be out of the question for sure. At least right now. But what I was wonerding if even taking the pre-req's would be a problem with my schedule. My schedule is not flexible (work in biotech) but I would have flexibility to do some coursework/homework during work hours.
Guess I could always quit my job, move back in with my parents and go back to school full time! haha. Tough choice though, i'm 29 years old and make twice as much as a new grad RN but have been wanting to go into nursing for a while now, and feel I would make a really great nurse. If I had a sh*tty job this decision would be so much easier!
I have no kids and no husband, so it's not like I would be inconveniencing anyone by switching my life around... anyone been in this position????
- 1Jan 28, '13 by StephalumpI'm going to repeat what a couple other people have said...the LVN programs I've seen would actually be worse for 12 hour shifts. LVNs have to fit way more clinical time into one year than we do, on top of the lecture and lab components, so they're in school 8-5 five days a week.
In the RN program I have way more flexibility because I have a lot more knowledge based stuff I'm responsible for reading/studying outside of class. I'm only at school 2.5 days per week.
So definitely look around at your specific programs to see what kind of schedule they have. You may be surprised!
- 0Jan 28, '13 by LadyFree28Are there any part time RN programs in your area? I went to a university which had a 2-year BSN program straight through-no summers off. 2 nights a week, clinicals every other weekend...they tweaked the schedule, but mostly they stuck to it. The program allowed me to keep my 10 hr shifts, and I didn't work weekends; I spent my weekends off keeping up with my studying. Research and find out if there are programs for working individuals as well.