I am wondering if anyone can give me some insight on going back to school for my RN. I am currently an LPN. I've been a nurse for roughly 5 years and I feel so limited when it comes to job opportunities for LPN's in my area.
I work full time at a job I hate, night shifts (because that's literally all that's available around me) and I have a 2 year old that I am raising as well. I can't imagine throwing school in the mix but I need to.
I was was wondering if there are any ACTUAL online bridge programs that aren't garbage. I will have to continue to work full time with everything else and I am so nervous to start this process. LPN school was stressful, and I wasn't a mom then.
RN school while raising a toddler seems impossible.
Im also looking for a online LPN-RN program and found one in FL and it's entirely online except one would have to go to FL for two week clinical. It's called Capscare Academy and very affordable except no financial aid. I'm thinking of going into the program. I was told I sit for FL boards in MD and then once I pass I can have my license transferred to MD (my place of residence). I'm just wondering if MD will allow me to transfer license being that the school is NOT amongst their accepted schools.
BTW, I too work full time and have a toddler. I'm thinking about getting a 3-12hr shift job so I can have time for my studies. Your thoughts?
I am also a Maryland Living LPN. My husband is stationed here. I am from Florida.
I will look into the program but I am weary of anything that isn't approved or accredited.
I work 3 days a week now but almost 36 hours is still full time. I work night shifts and it's exhausting. I have zero advice there. My daughter only goes to daycare on day a week so I run on very little sleep. It's hard.
I was able to contact Director of Education from MBON and here is her response.
Let me clarify the Maryland Board of Nursing's regulations. An applicant who attended an out-of-state nursing program can be licensed in MD if the Board of Nursing where the program is located approved that program, i.e., if graduates from your program are allowed to be licensed in FL, MD will honor that approval. Additionally, specific to MD, you must have had both theory and clinical practice in medicine, surgery, maternal-child, psychiatric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing. Often, geriatric nursing is integrated in several of the required nursing areas and will not appear on the official final transcript as a course.
Being able to sit in MD for boards is true. You can sit for the exam in any of the 50 states, a few territories and foreign countries for licensure in a specific state. If FL is your legal state of residency, you cannot test for your license under the MD Board of Nursing. Both MD and FL are compact states meaning you can work in any of the 49 compact states using your FL license. You can test in MD but not for a MD compact license. Once you move to MD, you must endorse into MD.
You will never find a 100% online bridge program due to the clinical component. Most LVN to RN programs are hybrid now. I know the program in my town is hybrid & they rarely go to campus (only to take tests). Good luck!
Capscare Academy is NOT 100% online. Theory is 100% online and clinical is 4wks.
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