LPN to RN/ADN Bridge?

Students Pre-Nursing

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Hi!  I was interested in finding out if anyone has ever done an LPN to RN/ADN program?  Are there benefits to becoming an LPN first or should one just pursue the RN route?  My ultimate goal is to work in NICU, but Im not in a big rush to get there.

MSJC08

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I currently have a friend applying to a  lvn-RN program and I'm starting to learn the differences in the two since I'm applying to just the ADN programs. I have learned that most bridge programs still make you take three semesters because they have one semester that is a "transitional role " semester so as far as I'm concerned your taking one more semester than needed! But the lvn programs are not as competitive as they have less applicants. Also it's hard to find hospital jobs with lvn since you cannot administer IV medications so if you plan to work as an lvn it's just harder to get the needed work hours if your wanting NICU eventually. However as an lvn you finish within a year and it's a great stepping stone! I hope this helps even a little bit! This is all just my personal opinion! I did work at a hospital that hires lVNs as a team work kind of shift (you work with a RN that can push your meds) and so I know it's not that you could never have that hospital experience:) Goodluck with everything! 

Jurse, LPN

57 Posts

If you don't have problems financially, try to apply to the RN Program. If it's possible, get into the BSN program.  

Jurse, LPN

57 Posts

MSJC08 said:

Also it's hard to find hospital jobs with lvn since you cannot administer IV medications so if you plan to work as an lvn it's just harder to get the needed work hours if your wanting NICU eventually.

It depends on where the OP lives. I can do this except for a few things such as initial assessment (I know how to do it but can't do it legally), IV-push, and other things. 

There is nothing wrong with doing LPN first. There is a lot of progression in LPN and it will be easier to apply the skills when you decide to progress to being and RN. 

Here is a link on Rethink Healthcare promoting LPN progression and their expanding roles. 

 

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