I also live in Texas and unfortunately there are not enough bridge programmes for LVN-RN. Many agencies are not able to place LVNs in hospital settings and it is getting more and more limited to where an LVN can practice despite all the experience. Therefore Excelsior College is the only alternative to going to school and working. A lot of us do not have the luxury to quit working and going to school full time and the demand is WAY more than the supply.
I was encouraged by my managers at the hosptials I work at to go through EC to complete my ASN because of my clinical experience. I already have a BA in political science and wanted to go through an accelerated BSN programme at a local university, but due to funding, it was scrapped. There seems to be so many road blocks here in Texas which can be so discouraging. I only need a couple prereqs and then it is off to the main nursing courses.
The facility I work at has A LOT of nurses doing EC so there is a lot of support. I hope that TX does grandfather the nurses already enrolled and lets us take the boards,but if we all can't do it here, a lot of us will relocated to other areas of the country that are not so limiting and then TX will be in crisis mode by their own doing.