Has being a LPN first better prepare you for being a RN later?

  1. Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to hear from those that did take this long route just as I anticipated doing and am happy you did because it paved the way for you become an RN later. I would suppose this route might have taught you to have good study habits, while also preparing you for what nursing is really about. This may have helped you to be bocome knowledgeable about all the dynamics, terms, and critical thinking used in the nursing world.

    Just would like a little input from those that have been down this road and appreciate the steps taken to get to where you are now. Maybe if you had gone about it the short way you may feel it wouldn't have been possible with all you know now.

    Thanks in advance for your experiences and words of wisdom offered!
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    Any guide or administrator viewing can you please move this to the RN area , if possible. I think I would get more of a response there.

    Thank you!
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I did an LPN certificate in 1992 and then went immediately to an ADN and graduated in 1994. I think it did help as I worked as an LPN while in school.
  5. by   prettymica
    So far yes. I am not an RN yet but I am in a bridge program. Lots of the material that I am studying I have seen before so my grades are better and I dont have to spend as much time studying.
  6. by   tokmom
    I took the longer way due to finances. I completed a CNA course in HS and worked as a CNA in both LTC and med/surg. I wanted to do an RN program, but didn't have the resources. I signed up, on a whim, for LPN studies and graduated back in 1985. My instructers were totally brutal and by graduation time, nothing could phase us. No mollycoddling from them. It was a good thing. I had been working as an LPN for 4 yrs when I graduated with the RN. I think the transistion was much easier for me because of being an LPN and my tough instuctors. A part of me will always be an LPN. I think they are very under appreciated and under utilized.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    I completed an LVN program in 2005 and worked as one while completing an RN bridge program in 2010. This route minimized the amount of student loan debt that I incurred, so I am appreciative of that.
  8. by   HelenaHandbasket
    I've been an LPN for *gulp* 17 years. LPNs have long been known as "trench nurses" because they tend to work in the trenches so to speak.

    I think it is the best thing in nursing to have seasoned LPNs continue to RN. In my 15 month program I did nearly twice as many clinical hours as my friend who did an ADN program. While LPNs aren't allowed to work in OB, ED, Med/Surg...ALL of our clinical training was in these areas.

    I've worked beside new, direct to RN nurses and found them to be very hesistant once in the clinical work setting. LPNs seem to come out of school more confident in their skills.

    We also already know the nursing basics and have handled a floor before, so the day-to-day routine is already set in us. I won't be nervous when a state evaluator sits over me while I do a complex sterile dressing change or while I pass meds to 42 people. LPNs have already worked those nerves out!

    I also think there is a maturity level in LPNs that is not present in direct to RN students. We know how to process information so that it will best assimilated and applied in class and in clinical. We already have a critical thinking mind.

    That's just my experience.
  9. by   studybudy12
    Thanks for the insight. I was struggling to choose starting an LPN or RN. I can get into either

    but, I feel that one can achieve more confidence in the LPN program and then continue

    through a Bridge program to RN to reinforce what one has learned in an educational setting.
    Thus, getting great grades, scholarships which help in the financial department.
  10. by   VanessaLovesNursing
    Thank you for this post! I am starting the LPN - RN bridge soon! I'm excited!
  11. by   Miss Lisa
    Its helped me so far and im in Nursing 3 ( third semester )
    Thanks everyone for responding. This is the route in which I have all so choosen to take, and upon completion I too think I will be appreciative of my decision.

    Sometimes in life when you desire something you just have to take the steps neccessary to get you there. Rather it be long or short, hard or easy, we have to start somewhere.

    We're all on the same journey, just reaching our destination at different times!

    Best wishes and thanks to all!
  13. by   Lori27
    I feel the LPN to RN path is a great way to advance yourself as a well prepared nurse. I have been an LPN for ten years and learned a tremendous amount of clinical skill in addition to Med/Surg theory and that knowledge base carried over into my studies on the ASN track. I graduated in May and am due to sit for NCLEX and have already secured a position at a local hospital (the #1 reason I went for the ASN) that I wanted to get in. If this is the path you are going to choose, GOOD FOR YOU. It means that when you do get your ASN, you will not be regarded as a "newbie" but as a nurse with floor experience at a higher educational level. According to Maslow's hierarchy once you've hit that self actulization level, you will seek out ways to improve yourself.
  14. by   PNicholas
    I'm slightly on the other side of this fence and I just had to put my thoughts in! I am in an evening RN program and last semester to keep our class big enough the Dean combined the LPN upgrades (bridge) program with regular 2nd semester nursing students. At first we (the regular students) thought this was going to be a great experience. We already had 2 girls who were already LPNs but they decided not to bridge over, they entered as regular nursing students. One of these girls held my hand through my first ACCUCheck ( I had never stuck anyone before) and gave me great advice! Unfortunately, this mix was not as supportive! Many of the LPN students held the opinion they were "better" than the regular old nursing students! This created a very stressful learning environment! On top of that, the LPNs would get mad because they missed questions on tests because "that's not how it happens in real life!" Needless to say by the end of the semester, about half of them failed. Mostly from over confidence in their own skills and lack of study time. Personally, I am glad I decided to go straight into an RN program because the bridge only saves one semester and an LPN program takes a year! On top of that, my program requires the bridge students to pass the first semester final and they have 8 weeks to do all the first semester validations and portfolio items! This is on top of all the 2nd semester nursing stuff! My closest friend in nursing school has been an LPN for 8 years and I get some of my best advice from her BUT she repeatedly tells me how much easier this is for me because I am "green!" If you decide to bridge from LPN to RN please don't hold a grudge against those who pick a different path! I always say nursing school is the equalizer! No matter how smart or experienced you are it WILL knock you on the butt. Just pick yourself up and remember your classmates can be your greatest allies!!