LPN to RN? - page 2

Hello, again. I have yet another question. :roll I am wondering how many of you went from being an active LPN in a job to going back to school for RN. I am considering it right now, but I am a... Read More

  1. by   AL*Nrs.pktnr
    RN 2007:

    Are there any possibilities that you could go to another state to get the RN? I am in Alabama, and the University here doesn't have a waiting list. I know it's too far of course to commute, but not impossible to go home on weekends. ( I know much depends on whether or not you have a family, kids, etc, but it is an idea).
    Here you can apply for upper division even while finishing your last prereq's, provided the class(es) are finished prior to beginning the program in the fall. Just trying to find a way to help you make your dreams reality! Let me know if there is any way I can help.

    Don't worry about your age. I am in my 40's and am graduating finally this December with my Master's in nursing as a Nurse Practitioner. I have come a long way from starting many years ago as an LPN, but I can tell you that the most important thing is not to lose sight of your dream, and to perservere in finding a way to make it reality.
  2. by   ryaninmtv
    I was an LPN for 13 years prior to going back and getting my RN last year. You will find that your experience as an LPN will be a tremendous resource as you continue your professional development. Many of the theoretical processes you will study as an RN student you will have practical knowledge of for being an LPN. I found personally that I could stay a little ahead of the curve with my fellow students having practical nursing experience along with the classroom work. Good Luck!
  3. by   RN2007
    Al Nrse, No, I have no other options. I have been married for 14 years and need to stay around the home base for many reasons, ya know? Going the ADN route is fine by me, I just thought that it was odd being here in FL, and not having more options closer nearby. After all, I live in a very "happening" place in FL where there are medical establishments everywhere, I just wish the nursing schools and programs would keep up... Thanks for the advice and your reply though..
  4. by   hollysunshine
    I'm an LPN who just started into the actual nursing part of an LPN to RN transition program. I think it's great that you are going back to school as well. For me, working in an acute care setting has been a big help. It will help you immensely in the clinical portion of your training. I've been very lucky that the nurses on my unit mostly started out as LPNs and have been very patient with me. An acute care setting will also give you a variety of diagnoses that you don't see in LTC. Good luck!
  5. by   RNConnieF
    I was an LPN for 5 years before starting a RN ADN program. This program accepted my Nursing 101, Pharm., and Nutrition. I had to CLEP A&P 1 and 2, and I had to challange NUR 102 and 201. I was lucky to have worked as a Pediatric nurse as an LPN, when I went to take the challange test 100 of the 150 questions where on OB and Peds. At the time I took the test it had been given 4 times and never passed. The time I took it only myself and one other LPN passed - and she had worked full time float in the hospital for 13 years. The time I worked as an LPN saved me 2 semesters in RN school. The only thing I wished I had had was a "Nurse to Student Nurse" transition course. I found moving from a working professional to a "Student RN" hard in the clinical area. Maybe that was just me though. As for LPN to RN- I say GO FOR IT!! Good Luck.
  6. by   luvbug
    Hey, I am back!! My internet acess had been down for so long, I have a ton of news to catch up on!! thank you all for your replies, very interesting. Here, if I were to go back to the same school I did my LPN training at, I have to go through all these hoops. We have to interview with each of the instructors, telling them why we think we would be a good candidate for the program, and do an essay explaining pretty much the same things. We also have to submit a bunch of other papers and things, and it sounds really stressful. honestly, I think that is one of the biggest factors in my pending decision. I mean, they are all teachers I have had in the past, but who likes to do one-on-one interviews? Ok, maybe someone out there does, but not me Anyway, I guess I will just take it one day at a time, and things will work out the way they should. Thanks again!!
  7. by   hconv
    Hey there!

    I was an LPN on a medical floor at a big hospital for a few years before I got my RN and I'm totally glad I finished school.....It went by quick and was a breeze! I am still on the same floor now as an RN and found the transition smooth......go on and make the change...you'll be glad that your work options are better as an RN!
  8. by   FullMoonMadness
    Im starting my last semester in an LPN-RN transition program. I too feel that my years as an LPN have given me an edge with school, but only to a certain extent.Anyway, I finish in December.Go for it, you will be glad you did
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    count me in for being an active lpn and now in rn school.
  10. by   sbic56
    I also went LPN to RN. Certainly it is easier! You are already halfway there and with experience. Good luck!
  11. by   Noney
    When I graduated form LPN school in sept 1991, I said I would work 1 year then go back for my RN. That 1 year kept getting moved. I graduated in Sept 2001 as RN at same school.

    I worked as an LPN in LTC as an LPN with a 3 months stint in home health. After I graduated RN I went to a hospital. I felt my years experience as an LPN helped not hindered me.

    GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   Teshiee
    OOh yes I have. I was a LVN for 4 years and while I was working as a LVN I was finishing my prereqs and I don't regret that I did. I found RN school a breeze. For my LVN training was very hard but it did prepare me for RN school. I say go for it you can't go wrong!