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LPN to RN without the bridge option

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Aspirational Beauty is a CNA, LPN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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So I have decided to go for my RN in 2020 after a long journey through nursing school. I decided on pursuing a program that doesn't have a bridge because of how old my prereqs are. I wanted to know has anyone ever chose as an LPN to enter a program that makes you start from square one. I have done an entire ADN program before and was not successful and was told to pursue my LPN by my ADN professors. I am going to look at the first semester as a refresher and just go along for the ride. Please let me know if you have been in this same situation and how did it work out for you. TIA

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I chose to do the entire 2 year program instead of doing the bridge. It was because I needed to have finished A&P I and II before taking the bridge program and I i didn't have it done in time. I would have had to wait an extra year to start just so I could test out of the first semester. I decided waiting one more year for one semester wasn't worth it. I ended up taking A&P II in my first semester of the RN program. I didn't regret the decision. I felt like going back to basics was helpful. In LPN school, doing a 40 hour a week program meant a lot of cramming and not enough info retained. Doing the  RN program from the start made me realize how much I had forgotten! I was able to help my fellow classmates a lot and being a LPN made the RN program (relatively) easy, especially pharmacology.

There were LPNs who came on in the second semester since they did the bridge and they struggled a bit. I had the benefit of having a whole semester (the easiest semester) of getting to know the teachers, getting used to the hours, and getting in the mindset required for nursing school. I had time to adjust. They didn't because they came into a harder semester and had to start new when the rest of us already had months to get into the routine. I also developed very close friendships with my clinical group because we all started out together.

Go for it, girl! Passing the NCLEX RN and seeing my name pop up on the BON was so exciting! And the two years flew by, for me and for the LPNs who came later in the program...

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I just realized I said "Go for it, girl!" and I don't know if you are a male or female, but I figured the display name Aspirational Beauty is a female...😉

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