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    LVN before RN? Should I? Help!

    I am an LPN (almost finished with my LPN to RN program now) and I would have to say if I had it to do over again I would not have gotten my LPN first. I knew what the wait lists for the RN/BSN programs in my area were like... and had already taken several classes pre-veterinary school before changing majors... so I chose to get my LPN first so I could get some experience in the field while working on my RN/BSN instead of spending time on a wait list. Overall I would have to say that it was a poor choice considering I knew when I started that I wouldn't be happy until I at least got my BSN. I did bypass the clinical wait lists... by doing the LPN then LPN to RN (and there will be no wait for my BSN clinical rotation) BUT it really drew out the length of time and will end up costing a solid amount more for ending with the same degree. I would recommend working as a CNA while doing your RN... but if you want to do the LPN knowing you want your RN... it is possible to have it work out to your advantage in some ways if you plan ahead. I say that I would have gone straight through... but my LPN introduced me to my peds job that I :heartbeat more than I ever thought possible... so I can't say that my LPN was a waste of time since I will be staying on even after finishing my BSN. Make sure that classes at the school where you do your LPN will transfer to the school where you will do your RN (the nursing ones won't you will get advanced standing for those... but where I got behind was because my psych, anatomy & physiology, etc did not transfer so I had to retake them for my RN... which was an expensive waste of time :hdvwl: ). The transferring between schools can be complicated.... so make sure you talk to everyone and get confirmation that the credits will transfer and what credits you will then need for your RN. If I had really taken my time and not rushed it just because I was tired of waiting and feeling behind then I think I would feel a lot more positive about the progression of my nursing education. One thing that sucks... is having to sit for the NCLEX twice lol :vlin: Good luck to you... if you live in the OH area I could be of more help
  2. I am graduating from my LPN to RN program in the spring only 3 classes left... and am trying to decide where to do my RN to BSN. I meet the requirements to begin the upper division nursing courses at all three schools (6 classes at Mount) (9 classes at UC) (9 classes at NKU) the estimated completion time is a little under a year at all three schools. Does anyone have any recommendation on which would be the best school to attend if I plan to start pursue my MSN after my BSN? The main school I am looking for information on is Mount St Joseph... is it better than UC? Do any of the schools offer me a better chance of staying in pediatrics and getting into a PNP program if I end up moving to a different state (better reputation)? lol I'm beginning to feel a little frazzled now that it is nearing the time to send out applications and make a decision. I know Xavier is a pretty high ranked school but I haven't seen any way for me to do my RN to BSN through them... and their RN to MSN program doesn't include peds :thnkg: Thanks for any help!!!
  3. pedsnursetlc

    The ONE thing you simply couldn't do w/o

    I wouldn't make it through a work or clinical day without my dansko shoes and my ipod touch (with drug guide, lab book, nursing diagnosis handbook, etc on it).
  4. pedsnursetlc

    So so so Confused!

    Is your overall education goal your BSN?
  5. pedsnursetlc

    online RN to BSN - any opinions?

    Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University offer an online RN to BSN program. OU and NKU have an excellent reputation in my area.
  6. I am an LPN and am currently in an LPN to RN program in Cincinnati Ohio. I have 6 classes left for my RN and will be finished in the spring of 2010. I have finished all of the necessary prerequisite courses for starting an RN to BSN program in my area, and as of now I will have 3 quarters of upper division nursing courses (9 classes) and will be finished with the program in the spring of 2011. I am extremely frustrated because I want to combine the course load and continue as a full time student, so I can be finished with my BSN this spring. I should only have about 15 classes left, but I can't find a program that will allow me to complete my BSN before having my RN license. If anyone knows a way to complete your BSN at the same time as your RN (when you already have your LPN) please let me know. I know there are some programs online that allow you to do your LPN to BSN, but I am planning on applying for the PNP MSN program after I finish my BSN and have been informed that it would be unwise for me to complete my BSN program online unless it is offered through a university of similar reputation to UC (the PNP program in my area is extremely competitive because it is only offered at 1 university). Also, I am confused about why this is such a problem to begin with. When students go through a standard BSN program they graduate with their BSN before receiving their RN license. Why can't I take the BSN nursing courses before receiving my RN? For the RN to BSN programs there are typically only 1 or 2 classes with clinical, I understand not being permitted to take the clinical courses, but why not the others?
  7. I am an LPN and am currently in an LPN to RN program in Cincinnati Ohio. I have 6 classes left for my RN and will be finished in the spring of 2010. I have finished all of the necessary prerequisite courses for starting an RN to BSN program in my area, and as of now I will have 3 quarters of upper division nursing courses (9 classes) and will be finished with the program in the spring of 2011. I am extremely frustrated because I want to combine the course load and continue as a full time student, so I can be finished with my BSN this spring. I should only have about 15 classes left, but I can't find a program that will allow me to complete my BSN before having my RN license. If anyone knows a way to complete your BSN at the same time as your RN (when you already have your LPN) please let me know. I know there are some programs online that allow you to do your LPN to BSN, but I am planning on applying for the PNP MSN program after I finish my BSN and have been informed that it would be unwise for me to complete my BSN program online unless it is offered through a university of similar reputation to UC (the PNP program in my area is extremely competitive because it is only offered at 1 university). Also, I am confused about why this is such a problem to begin with. When students go through a standard BSN program they graduate with their BSN before receiving their RN license. Why can't I take the BSN nursing courses before receiving my RN? For the RN to BSN programs there are typically only 1 or 2 classes with clinical, I understand not being permitted to take the clinical courses, but why not the others?