Any NPs start from LPN?

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by BabyFood26 BabyFood26 Member Nurse

Specializes in Home Health, Mental/Behavioral Health. Has 4 years experience.

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BabyFood26

BabyFood26

Specializes in Home Health, Mental/Behavioral Health. Has 4 years experience. 203 Posts

When I was in LPN school, our sons were 5 and 10 years old.

Good to know! Its just a relief knowing im not the only crazy woman who thinks she can juggle mommyhood, being a wife, a student and a nurse! Lol

Mhsrnbsn

Mhsrnbsn

Specializes in Huntingtons, LTC, Ortho, Acute Care. 104 Posts

No children I was a child "prodigy" after exhausting a lot of the AP classes available, I was starting to be troublesome cause my boredom distracted my classmates... So my high school paid for my tuition for a vocational school for my LPN, I was an LPN when I was 17, mid way through the program they let us do CNA so I did that when I was 16. I'm 27 now and spent all of my working life in health care. I love thinking what I do makes a difference. And I don't have children yet cause my husband and I decided to try to wait for school to be done. But if there's an "accident" it'll be a happy one :yes:

BabyFood26

BabyFood26

Specializes in Home Health, Mental/Behavioral Health. Has 4 years experience. 203 Posts

No children I was a child "prodigy" after exhausting a lot of the AP classes available, I was starting to be troublesome cause my boredom distracted my classmates... So my high school paid for my tuition for a vocational school for my LPN, I was an LPN when I was 17, mid way through the program they let us do CNA so I did that when I was 16. I'm 27 now and spent all of my working life in health care. I love thinking what I do makes a difference. And I don't have children yet cause my husband and I decided to try to wait for school to be done. But if there's an "accident" it'll be a happy one :yes:

Lol thanks for sharing. Sounds like you've had a wonderful start. One of those lil darling "accidents" would be great now that you've already come so far. I'm 27 as well:up:

Lisam730

Lisam730

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 19 years experience. 1 Post

I started as an LPN 19 years ago working part-time for 6mo until a FT position was available. I have been FT ever since working the past 15 years in a hospital while getting my ASN, BSN, and FNP. I went back for my BSN when my son was 6 months - took me 4 years but I graduated with a 3.98 and went right into my FNP program that fall. I have always gone to school part time taking 3-9 credit hours/ semester. NP programs require much self teaching and are time consuming with study time and assignments. Programs become increasingly more demanding as you begin clinical hours and are talking classes at the same time and or writing your thesis/project. I first started FT but decided to drop to part time. PT was stressful enough and I'm a tough cookie! It can be done!

BabyFood26

BabyFood26

Specializes in Home Health, Mental/Behavioral Health. Has 4 years experience. 203 Posts

I started as an LPN 19 years ago working part-time for 6mo until a FT position was available. I have been FT ever since working the past 15 years in a hospital while getting my ASN, BSN, and FNP. I went back for my BSN when my son was 6 months - took me 4 years but I graduated with a 3.98 and went right into my FNP program that fall. I have always gone to school part time taking 3-9 credit hours/ semester. NP programs require much self teaching and are time consuming with study time and assignments. Programs become increasingly more demanding as you begin clinical hours and are talking classes at the same time and or writing your thesis/project. I first started FT but decided to drop to part time. PT was stressful enough and I'm a tough cookie! It can be done!

Wow that's amazing! That is so encouraging to hear. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel much better about going forth now.

favthing

favthing, APRN

Has 5 years experience. 87 Posts

I am in my second semester of NP school, and from my experiences from a LPN to ADN to BSN, I am finding contacts for clinical rotations for next year. It is really special to have providers who are so proud of me because of my work and education. One of the NPs wrote a letter responding to my request of how she would be honored to precept me. Anyway, I am so thankful for the process of learning and working, as I feel really well prepared in a holistic kind of way and I would not do it over again by going straight for BSN. I would start again at the level of LPN, as every day of those experiences I value. I went from an assisted living, nursing home, sub-acute, and now in a hospital, with each place pretty much matching my level of education. I did not take a break between school, by the way, and that helped with keeping focus.

emsguy

emsguy, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Urgent Care, Occupational, Travel Medicine. Has 12 years experience. 16 Posts

Wheel chair van driver, gurney van driver/first aid tech, EMT, Associates in life sciences-pre-nursing, BSN, almost done with MSN/FNP.

PG2018

PG2018

Specializes in Outpatient Psychiatry. 1,413 Posts

I know a woman who went LPN, transitioned to RN, got a BSN, MSN (PMHNP), DNP-FNP, then PhD. I think she struggled with self image. Super sweet lady. Cried when patients were mean to her.

frenchfroggyAPRN

frenchfroggyAPRN, MSN, LPN, RN, APRN

Specializes in Family Practice Clinic. Has 24 years experience. 95 Posts

I received an LPN in 1998, started working and realized that was not for me. I went back to school and graduated with my BSN in 2004. I worked in a wide range of areas - cardiac, renal, ED, Med-Surg, ICU and my favorite Neurosurgery Stepdown. In 2011 I started taking courses for my Masters, all while working full time. Due to some family issues, It took me until Spring of 2015 to finish. I graduated with my Masters of Nursing Science (MNSc) Family Nurse Practitioner at the age of 50! I was one of the oldest in our class! I have been working at my dream job and having a blast! I still get let out a little giggle every now and then when I walk into a room and introduce myself as an FNP. I believe my history as being an LPN and a BSN all of those years have brought me a wealth of experiences that I can use when I am seeing my patients now. In fact, the physician I work with is always telling people his two APRNs have 18 and 28 years experience and it shows!

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coopsy

coopsy

Specializes in Pediatric/Adult Open Heart, Transplant. 21 Posts

Hi, I started as an LPN in 2010; I worked full time and completed a bridge to RN program in 2012; I worked for a year, then completed my BSN with Western Governor's University in 2014 (it took me 11 months, working full time and with 3 kids, a husband, and 4 pets). I worked another year, then started my acute care NP program at the University of South Florida in 2015 (I only have 3 semesters of clinicals left before graduation!) and I'm working full time and take call every other weekend. Work, kids, and school are completely doable if you are motivated and VERY well organized. Best of luck!

BabyFood26

BabyFood26

Specializes in Home Health, Mental/Behavioral Health. Has 4 years experience. 203 Posts

Hi, I started as an LPN in 2010; I worked full time and completed a bridge to RN program in 2012; I worked for a year, then completed my BSN with Western Governor's University in 2014 (it took me 11 months, working full time and with 3 kids, a husband, and 4 pets). I worked another year, then started my acute care NP program at the University of South Florida in 2015 (I only have 3 semesters of clinicals left before graduation!) and I'm working full time and take call every other weekend. Work, kids, and school are completely doable if you are motivated and VERY well organized. Best of luck!

Wow, what an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing

Melody48_MSNEd

Melody48_MSNEd, APRN

Specializes in Gastroenterology; and Primary Care. Has 32 years experience. 212 Posts

I was an LPN from 1997-2007 and went back and finished my ASN 2007, BSN 2011, MSNEd 2013, and FNP 2016. Before the LPN I was a CNA.