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Hello!

First of all I would like to thank all of you for taking the time out to read this!:redbeathe I just recently graduated with my B.S. in health science this past friday! I've always thought about becoming a nurse and decided that the accelerated BSN or MSN route is the best way for me to achieve my goal. However, I've been doing my LVN course work for the past 2 months and just realized that with my degree, I do not want to go that route at all. What do you all suggest is the appropriate route that I should take? Thank you

Hello!

First of all I would like to thank all of you for taking the time out to read this!:redbeathe I just recently graduated with my B.S. in health science this past friday! I've always thought about becoming a nurse and decided that the accelerated BSN or MSN route is the best way for me to achieve my goal. However, I've been doing my LVN course work for the past 2 months and just realized that with my degree, I do not want to go that route at all. What do you all suggest is the appropriate route that I should take? Thank you

Sorry, I'm confused....is the Accerlated BSN or MSN route the route you don't want to go or is the LVN the route you don't want to go.....also, why did you decide it wasn't the way to go? I ask because there's not ONE right route, it depends on what you're looking for.

Peace,

CuriousMe

I'm sorry for not making myself clear. It's the accelerated bsn or msn route that I would like to pursue. My question is since I started the lvn program, should I finish or just quit and go apply for the bsn or msn program? Thanks

Again, there are a lot of variables. How much longer is the program, how much money would you be out? Why don't you want to finish, what changed? What would you do instead, have you been accepted to an accelerated program?

The lvn program is 8 more months. I would be out about $1500. I have not been accepted to any program, but I would like to try to take time and apply. What changed is that seeing that I've just earned my bachelors I don't want to take another 2-4 year climbing back up the later to get to the bsn route when I can just take time, find a program, and just apply keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get in. However, I feel like since I started this program, I need to finsh

It doesn't sound like you're ready to apply to a program? Once you apply you then have to wait to hear whether you get in. Why not finish your LVN while going through that process?

Hello!

First of all I would like to thank all of you for taking the time out to read this!:redbeathe I just recently graduated with my B.S. in health science this past friday! I've always thought about becoming a nurse and decided that the accelerated BSN or MSN route is the best way for me to achieve my goal. However, I've been doing my LVN course work for the past 2 months and just realized that with my degree, I do not want to go that route at all. What do you all suggest is the appropriate route that I should take? Thank you

I wonder if you might be better served by approaching a big school (that does the BSN and more advanced degrees) and getting some advice face to face. Get more info, discuss your goals and map out all of your options.

I wouldn't give up on the program that you are in right now simply because you have incurred fees and it will get you a qualification to work with patients. At least complete the first semester to keep options open.

I am curious about what is worrying you about being in the LVN program? I think I might have suggested a BSN to you but I don't know you nor do I know anything about your BSc are what, if any, courses are redundant.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

My dear friend has a BS degree in public health and social work that she had attained approximately 8 years ago. Her undergraduate GPA was a 2.6, which was not competitive enough to get admitted into most public RN programs, especially when she was competing against applicants who had 3.8 and 4.0 grade point averages. She was accepted into an accelerated BSN program at a private university with religious affiliations, but declined to attend due to the $42,000 tuition for the three semesters (summer, fall, and spring sessions) and the perceived inability to work during the program.

So, she earned her LVN/LPN license about 4 years ago, and is now enrolled in an RN program. Accelerated BSN/MSN programs can sometimes be prohibitively expensive, which is a thought to consider closely.

If your grade point average is good, I would apply to RN programs at reasonably-priced community colleges and public universities.

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AOx1

Specializes in ER, ICU, Education. Has 15 years experience.

There is also the matter of where you eventually want to "end up" in your career. I wish I would have realized that there are also some programs where you can start with a BS in another area, and get direct entry to RN/MSN or RN/PhD. Of course this depends so much on what you eventually want from your career, GPA, how much time you can devote to school, etc.

Thank you so much! My gpa is also not as high as a 3.8 but it is not as low as a 2.6. I just feel like the program that I am in has not met my expectations. The type of lvn institution that I am in is for people that have been out of school for years and are just "trying it out". Instead of progressing, i have moved backwards! No matter which route I go, I still would like to earn my B.S. and possibly even MSN. I am willing to pay a $42,000 price tab.

I would agree that you should complete the LVN program in case of contingencies. Something could happen to interrupt your goal toward the BSN or MSN, at least you would have your LVN license to work with, for a short time, or otherwise.

%63theend

Specializes in ER.

Again, there are a lot of variables. How much longer is the program, how much money would you be out? Why don't you want to finish, what changed? What would you do instead, have you been accepted to an accelerated program?

I did not read the replies but I will tell you in my opinion you should always finish what you start. Finish the program :)

milwerica, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Family practice. Has 9 years experience.

To be honest I would leave the LVN program. Apply for an accelerated BSN or MSN program and work, work, work to save up money for when you are in school for the BSN. I am at UW-Oshkosh Accelerated Online BSN program and love it. One year program for BS to BSN. $34,500 and all online, except clinicals which are done in your home town. Look into it. Do not spend anymore money for LVN if you hate it. Will just be a waste of money. Apply to schools, and work your butt off to save money and then go back to school. With the one year program I am in, we are not allowed to work. Which is so true because it is rigorous.

This makes much more sense to me. I actually hate the program. It's so "spoon fed" to the point where the instructors give us questions along with the answers to study for when the test comes. I'm used to studying, studying, studying all night long for an exam passing with flying colors. I want to be challenged and the LVN program is not cutting it. I also feel like I have taken a step back doing the LVN program

It sounds like you have your mind made up but IMHO it is very short sighted to leave the lvn program when you can easily do a a lpn to bsn program in as little as a year. Remember nursing education is not like other types of higher ed where you get kudos for analysis and creative arguments. It starts from the basics and in order to get through and pass nclex and after that keep your license, you will have to know protocol and procedure the way they are taught to you. You don't get to do things differently if you think you are "smarter" or because you have a college degree, etc.

If your goal is to get a masters in nursing then I would start applying for those programs now. If you hate the program you are in I believe it is a waste of money and time spending a year doing something that you don't want to do anyway. The accelerated programs are 1-2 years. If you don't mind waiting (or not waiting depending on when you apply and get accepted) then do that if it makes you happier. You could also look into what coursework that you have already completed that will transfer into a BSN, ADN, etc and go that route. You might not have to many prereqs to take with your BS already. The sooner you apply to some places the sooner you will get the ball rolling in the direction you want to be moving in. Good luck

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