Discouraged LPN

  1. Hello everyone,

    I just passed my LPN boards a few weeks ago, and I am enjoying my new career. However, I have been looking into schools around my area where I can bridge into an RN program. I did my LPN privately, and I know of a few community colleges in the area that offer the LPN to RN bridge. I have been contacting these schools via email in order to get a few of my questions answered, and all of the replies I have gotten back are incredibly negative. It disgusts me that these nursing instructors are so rude and cold. With a nursing shortage, you would think that fellow nurses would be more understanding. So basically I was told that it is very difficult to get in the program as an advanced standing student, to go elsewhere, and one school even told me that is would be a diservice to their current students to let LPNs into their ADN program for the second year. I feel so dissapointed right now....I feel like there is no where for me to go to complete my RN. Has anyone else experienced this???
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  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from LPNMeg06
    Hello everyone,

    I just passed my LPN boards a few weeks ago, and I am enjoying my new career. However, I have been looking into schools around my area where I can bridge into an RN program. I did my LPN privately, and I know of a few community colleges in the area that offer the LPN to RN bridge. I have been contacting these schools via email in order to get a few of my questions answered, and all of the replies I have gotten back are incredibly negative. It disgusts me that these nursing instructors are so rude and cold. With a nursing shortage, you would think that fellow nurses would be more understanding. So basically I was told that it is very difficult to get in the program as an advanced standing student, to go elsewhere, and one school even told me that is would be a diservice to their current students to let LPNs into their ADN program for the second year. I feel so dissapointed right now....I feel like there is no where for me to go to complete my RN. Has anyone else experienced this???
    I have not experienced this, however, from what I see here in New York, the bridge program is very discouraging, if one was interested (I'm not), because they have even less seats than the actual RN programs, and they seem to still want for the student to have a high GPA. I think that it is a shame, because it should be an easier, smoother transition into the RN program. Have you considered distance learning? I hear that Excelsior has a great program where you are totally studying from home, there is no limit on seats, however, you have to have a major, expensive clinical at the end of the program, and I hear that they WILL fail people for small, petty mistakes. I wish you the very best of luck, and hope that your dream to become an RN comes to pass.
  4. by   Jules A
    Hi,
    Here is a thread from the LPN to RN board where we were griping about this. Its been frustrating to say the least mostly because of the in-county preference given by so many of the community colleges here. If I don't get in one to start this summer I guess I'll have to do the Excellsior route but I really don't want to because it isn't accepted everywhere and my state is turning its nose up on it now. Sheesh my thoughts are that I've had 3 full semesters of LPN school and the second year RNs that I want to join only have 2 semesters under their belt...they are the ones that need the "bridge program" to catch up to me, lol. Hang in there, Jules

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f233/fi...gh-181413.html
  5. by   Mudwoman
    Check out Excelsior College

    www.excelsior.edu
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I am currently in the process of taking prerequisite classes to gain entry into an RN program. I, too, completed a private LVN program last year. However, I live in a large metro area where there's an abundance of bridge programs.

    As long as you have a high grade point average in the science classes, you should be able to gain acceptance into a bridge program.
  7. by   casey12873
    I'm in the same boat! I have talked to EC, CN, Rue, and other various community colleges about the same thing! I have a husband and 2 teenage boys I want to be home with, so I am leaning towards CN. Alot of people have told me not to do this, but as far as I can tell, it will be the most painless way to bridge into RN. Maybe someday, I can go back (again) and earn a BSN. Hang in there!!
  8. by   casey12873
    Sheesh my thoughts are that I've had 3 full semesters of LPN school and the second year RNs that I want to join only have 2 semesters under their belt...they are the ones that need the "bridge program" to catch up to me, lol.

    :yeahthat:
  9. by   exnavygirl-RN
    Quote from Mudwoman
    Check out Excelsior College

    www.excelsior.edu
    I'm in the Excelsior College Program and love it. It beats having to wait forever to get into a bridge program.
  10. by   exnavygirl-RN
    Quote from casey12873
    I'm in the same boat! I have talked to EC, CN, Rue, and other various community colleges about the same thing! I have a husband and 2 teenage boys I want to be home with, so I am leaning towards CN. Alot of people have told me not to do this, but as far as I can tell, it will be the most painless way to bridge into RN. Maybe someday, I can go back (again) and earn a BSN. Hang in there!!

    A lot of folks don't realize that TCN and RUE are publishing companies and the final degree comes from Excelsior anyhow. Save a few thousand dollars and go straight through Excelsior. I'm on NC5 now. I have some TCN and Chancellor's manuals but I purchased them off Ebay.

    Just a little advice,
    Christy
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from casey12873
    I'm in the same boat! I have talked to EC, CN, Rue, and other various community colleges about the same thing!
    CN and Rue are not colleges or distance programs. They are nothing more than very expensive publishing companies whose materials and paperwork lead to an Excelsior degree. CN and Rue are unnecessary middlemen. Bypass CN and Rue because there's no need for them. Go straight through Excelsior.
  12. by   Mudwoman
    Quote from casey12873
    I'm in the same boat! I have talked to EC, CN, Rue, and other various community colleges about the same thing! I have a husband and 2 teenage boys I want to be home with, so I am leaning towards CN. Alot of people have told me not to do this, but as far as I can tell, it will be the most painless way to bridge into RN. Maybe someday, I can go back (again) and earn a BSN. Hang in there!!
    College Network and Rue are NOT schools. They are expensive book stores. They sell you the study guides.
  13. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    How about the colleges that advertise a transitional program but only accept 10 students????

    Most of the programs around me are geographically undesireable, however, I am pressing forward. One girl at work is in a program that is 1 and 1/2 hrs away. This happens to be the one that I have all my pre-req's for. Another girl at work is also applying so hopefully (if the planets line up correctly) we will both get in and can carpool. If I don't get in there, I am going to pick up the few other odd ball classes that some of the other programs require and try again. In the mean time, I'm hearing tick-tock-tick-tock in my head...
  14. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Our transition class started with 28 and is down to 6 in the final semester. Our school doesn't discourage LPN's at all. We have one transition semester, then 3 semesters with the regular ADN students.

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