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LVN to RN transition or traditional RN??

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Has 7 years experience.

Hello. I have been an LVN for 6 years. I got accepted into a traditional ADN RN program in the East Bay Area and I am waiting to hear back from another Bay Area program for possible LVN to RN transition acceptance (ADN- community college). I think I have a good chance to get in because of my application points and TEAS score.

I would love to be selected to the LVN to RN transition program because it would be one less year of stress, school, and travel. However, part of me is afraid to dive in right away because I have lost a lot of skills that I have learned in the VN program over the years. My experience as an LVN is in inpatient mental health and providing psychiatric assessments for 5150 criteria.

Do any current nursing students or nurses that have had to choose between regular RN and LVN to RN have any advice? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

My bridge program was all online. But the local bridge/transition program included review courses. Back then, I think there were three courses required before LPNS were fully bridged into the second year ASN program.

If I remember correctly, those bridge/review courses had to be taken the semester immediately prior to the beginning of the last year of the ASN. So, don’t worry about rusty skills, you’ll definitely get the basics during your clinical hours.

scorpiodez, LVN

Has 7 years experience.

9 hours ago, BSNbeDONE said:

My bridge program was all online. But the local bridge/transition program included review courses. Back then, I think there were three courses required before LPNS were fully bridged into the second year ASN program.

If I remember correctly, those bridge/review courses had to be taken the semester immediately prior to the beginning of the last year of the ASN. So, don’t worry about rusty skills, you’ll definitely get the basics during your clinical hours.

Thank you so much for the response. I fell a lot better. I think I'm just overthinking. This LVN-RN program does have a mini-course for those accepted into third semester over Summer so I am confident that the skills will come back. Thank you so much for your time. 😃