I am curious about what people think about nursing programs
being run as ladder programs. By that I mean that as you complete certain sections of the program you can work as a LPN, RN and then as a BN. If you finish a section and don't want to continue you can stay working as an LPN or RN.
I think that if we had this we would all be better prepared for the real world of nursing, plus we would be able to earn a decent paycheck to help us pay for school. This would also help alleviate the nursing shortage becasue we could work sooner.
The majority of the nurses I work with think this is a great option. This idea came about when I started my BN and realized I was not receiving credit for the nursing diploma I have already worked very hard for. As I am working toward my BN I am frustrated by the fact that a large majority of the content I have already learned and impliment when I am at work as a LPN.
Just a thought and I wanted to see what others think.
3rd year BN at University of Manitoba
Nov 15, '06
I think the idea of bridging BScN students to RPNs while still in school would be an awesome idea! I would have loved to gave written the LPN exam after my second (or even third) year, then been able to work somewhere and make a decent wage. I heard somewhere that Georgian College or George Brown College (Ontario) has a program where you can do that, get your RPN after X number of years of your BScN. Sadly, I've never heard anything more about it and I was unable to find anything about it.
A few weeks ago I remember reading about a Nursing School in New York (?) that had a program like that. 1 yr for your LVN, another year for your associates degree (RN), and then another two years for your BScN (RN). Not a bad way to do it, in my opinion.
Last edit by S.T.A.C.E.Y on Nov 15, '06