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Leaving LPN to accept RN seat?

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by iAngel_G iAngel_G (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I've come to the board. Unfortunately I didn't get accepted into the programs that I applied to, so I ended up starting an LPN program just so I can start bridging my way up. I'm about two months in and I just got an email to schedule an interview for one of the schools I applied to earlier his year (St. Luke's school of Nursing in PA). I'm kind of confused on what to do here. I want to at least go to the interview, but I'm not too familiar with what'll happen if I drop this program to get into the RN program. Is it a good idea to go for the RN if I'm accepted? Just looking for some advice!

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mindofmidwifery has 4 years experience as a CNA and works as a Student Nurse Associate.

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If you drop the LPN program you probably won't be allowed to apply at that school for nursing again, or at least for a few years. If you think you'd do well in the RN program I would look into dropping the LPN program, but I'd talk to an advisor about that first.

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I would definitely consider going right into the RN program. It'll save you time and money.

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I think I'd do well in the program. I only started here to bridge my way up because I thought it'd be better than just waiting and doing some classes over. I just didn't know if there would be an issue if I wanted to drop here to accept the seat. You're right though, and advisor is definitely a person to talk to.

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The thing is I'm in courses already for the LPN program. I just wondered if there would be a problem if I left this program to accept that seat. I definitely would leave to accept if they offer me a seat

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I would definitely look into it and maybe ask an advisor. But I would honestly highly consider leaving the LPN program in favor for the RN program if your accepted. Like others said, it will save you time and money if you think you'd be able to get through the program. In my ADN program LPNs were meshed into our class but only after the first semester. Thus, all the LPNs with having completed their programs, all bier experience, and the money they invested was only worth getting out of one semester out of the entire program...it may be different with where you were considering doing your bridge at but hope that it helps put it into perspective for you.

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Thanks for your input, and yes, you did put it into perspective for me. Some programs even say that bring an LPN doesn't exclude you from their other requirements. The interview is next week. I hope I leave a good impression with them.

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Hi all. Just wanted to post an update in case anyone was following. The interview was really great. All positive comments and a few times one of the interviewers said "I really like you. There's something I see in your mind .. A spark that makes me want to give you a chance". And at the end she jumped up and said "it was great to meet you". She also said I was funny, lol. I'm trying to remember all the really good parts. The questions weren't really too difficult. They asked basic thing you'd expect like "why do you want to be a nurse" "what made you decide to apply to our school" and my dreaded "tell us about yourself" questions. They also had some critical thinking thrown in at the end. Nothing clinical, but open ended questions asking to explain how you've thought outside of the box, or a situation where you had to think critically. Also asked about how I address situations where I found my self in a position where I could cheat or cut corners and what I did. All around I feel really positive about it, and I really hope they extend an offer. Now to play the waiting game!

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Scarlettz has 4 years experience.

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Keep us posted. Like some others have said, I would go for the RN seat over LPN - especially in PA. It will save you time and money. Some of those LPN programs are just outrageously priced - especially since you desire to be an RN anyway and will need more schooling in the future.

That being said, I know some awesome awesome LPNs. So, if the RN thing does not work out, chase your dreams anyway and go the LPN to RN route.

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I have my fingers crossed for you. I hope you get in and do really well in the program.

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Thanks @Raviepoo. That is much appreciated. I'm still waiting and I'm super nervous. The interview was awesome, but the longer the wait is the more uncertain I am about being accepted. Still praying I get in! I'm hopeful

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Just an update, but I've officially been accepted into the RN program! I'm so incredibly excited!

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