resp therapy vs RN - page 3

by obeyacts2 | 47,931 Views | 51 Comments

Hi I am a student and am lookng for some opinions/advice. Our local ADN program is impacted to the gills (even with top grades, still a minimum of two year wait to enter the program). Our local RT program is wide open and... Read More


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    Hi

    I am a RRT with 3 years experience in the field. I work everywhere from ED, ICU to pediatrcs. I have really been thinking about going back to school for my RN. I was wondering if any of you knew of any online RT to RN bridging programs available, I know about Excelsior, but I was wondering if that was my only option.

    TOM RRT:
    I noticed that you said you were getting your RN online. Where is that through and what are the requirements? I know you already have you masters...I didn't know if that was a requirement for what you are doing or not.
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    Quote from pnstudent007
    Have you found any rt to rn bridges yet, b/c i too would be interested,well other than excelsior bc some states dont even recognize a degree from excelsior
    Yes- the Board of Nursing in a few states (there's like 3 of them or something) won't take an Excelsior ADN- California being the major one. If you live in California- you'll have to do something else. It's a BON state politics thing. Personally I think it's a shame that California has decided to keep people from becoming RNs when they are so desperately needed. I think the fight is over the clinicals req or something. If so, the Cali BON should add a little clinicals course or exam that you can take before you take the NCLEX. Would open up opportunities for a lot of LPNs that's for sure.

    Otherwise, I know in NY and on the east coast nobody has a problem with it. Once you pass the boards... an RN is an RN as far as they can care. If you're also an RRT.. then you could have your nursing degree from Disney World for all they care as long as you are licensed. The skill set is what they want, not the name on your diploma.


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    Quote from RRT2RN2CRNA
    Yes- the Board of Nursing in a few states (there's like 3 of them or something) won't take an Excelsior ADN- California being the major one. If you live in California- you'll have to do something else. It's a BON state politics thing. Personally I think it's a shame that California has decided to keep people from becoming RNs when they are so desperately needed. I think the fight is over the clinicals req or something. If so, the Cali BON should add a little clinicals course or exam that you can take before you take the NCLEX. Would open up opportunities for a lot of LPNs that's for sure.

    Otherwise, I know in NY and on the east coast nobody has a problem with it. Once you pass the boards... an RN is an RN as far as they can care. If you're also an RRT.. then you could have your nursing degree from Disney World for all they care as long as you are licensed. The skill set is what they want, not the name on your diploma.


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    isnt the rule in CA only for new grad Excelsior RNs?

    maybe i read wrong, but if one works in another state that takes Excelsior RNs for at least 1 yr, then CAs BON will accept one to work CA... correcT?
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    Yep - I have heard that's the way to get around it. I havent verified that with the Cali BON or Excelsior but it seems to make sense.

    So it really isn't that a big deal afterall.

    I think if my Excelsior ADN was my only degree, I'd care a bit more maybe... but honestly being an RRT/RN... nobody's going to give you a hard time about anything as long as you're licensed.
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    I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist and have been for some time. I am in a very progressive hospital that gives alot of latitude and responsibility to RT's to develope protocols and therapies for patient's. It depends on the facility where you work how much you can do. If you want a good combination of technology, patient care and autonomy-which is growing in our field, then RT is for you, you just have to do some homework on the facility's program when you apply. I am thinking of going to RN as a way to increase my skills and flexibility. Go RT first and then RN. It is a good way to start and you can always go on from there. Alot of hospitals will hire you as an RT and then train you as an RN in one of their programs. Our hospital does.
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    Does anyone have the link for the Excelsior RT to RN Program?
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    i have been a nurse now for about 10 years . your post just about sums up the reason i am looking into being a rt. i am tired of dealing with the bs and tired of dealing with families..... just looking for a change


    Quote from deathnurse
    while you may make more money and have more job opportunities, you'll certainly inherit all that is wrong with health care.

    our rt's are cruisin' compared to what we go through in 12 hours a day. and they don't have the family crap to put up with as much as we do.

    we've got a viet vet rn who gave it up to manage vents and he's happy. been with it a long time and makes as much as we do and he's stress free.

    don't be a nurse.
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    Quote from keaton90
    Does anyone have the link for the Excelsior RT to RN Program?
    here it is
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    Quote from Ventjock
    here it is
    Just wondering can you direct me as to where it says anything about RT to RN... I have looked all over the page and I cant find anything.... Any help is appreciated...

    Also can you tell me what its like to be a RT?

    Thanks,
    Josh
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    Quote from keaton90
    Just wondering can you direct me as to where it says anything about RT to RN... I have looked all over the page and I cant find anything.... Any help is appreciated...

    Also can you tell me what its like to be a RT?

    Thanks,
    Josh
    https://www.excelsior.edu/Excelsior_...mission_Policy

    "individuals who hold degrees in clinically oriented health care fields in which they have had the opportunity to provide direct patient care (e.g., physicians, respiratory therapists, and physician assistants)."


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