Am I thinking too big??

  1. I just started my LVN program a month ago. After I finish I plan on getting my ADN, then BSN after. To be honest I had NO IDEA what a CRNA did until I stumbled across this forum. But reading about everything makes me really want to already be done with my BSN so I can apply for a masters program and become a CRNA! I know, I'm probably getting way ahead of myself. What do you think though? Has anyone started in a LVN/LPN school then gone on to finish with a CRNA?
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  3. by   TraumaNurse
    Your only limitations are those that you put on yourself. You are young and can do anything you want. The director of my old program started in the OR as a Scrub tech, Became and LPN, RN, then BSN, CRNA/MSN and soon to be PhEd.
    No, you are not thinking too big...go for it.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    If interested in an APN opportunity, go straight to the BSN program if at all possible. I did the LPN to ADN to BSN to MSN and then post-MSN - I wished I would have skipped the LPN and ADN. For me, though my hubby was overseas and I had to work while in school and there was no local program. However, enough of my sob story - if I had to do it again, that is what I would do.

    Good luck.
  5. by   endorphinrush
    I agree totally with skipping the ADN. Go for your BSN. It'll save time and $$$. I started out with a ADN. I don't regret it but I would recommend you skip it since you know what you want. But no to answer your question you are not thinking too big. However, you may find after getting into nursing and gaining some experience that you don't want to be a CRNA or may find something you like better.
  6. by   LaurynRN
    I would also say skip the LVN/LPN. I also was an LPN, then RN, now ready to graduate with my BSN. I was the same as Trauma above in that my hubby was military and there was no university where we were stationed so I didn't have a choice. I did get alot out of LPN school and my ADN program but wasted alot of time and money. From my ADN to BSN I needed something like 14 more classes! Unlike you, I had no idea what I wanted to do so take advantage of the fact that you think you know. I remember having a CRNA come and talk to us in my ADN program and I was thinking, "Yeah right!", but now I just landed my ICU job and am on the road.
    Good luck!
  7. by   raekaylvn
    I can't quite skip the LVN step... I'm already into the program! But skipping the ADN is something I have been thinking about. Going straight for the BSN seems more logical. Thanks for all the advice so far!
  8. by   RN1263
    F.Y.I.- Don't forget you also need one year of critical care nursing under your belt & excellent grades to get into a CRNA program.
  9. by   lblackred
    I do not think that skipping the ADN will benifit you that much. Most of the schools require that you have experience in an ICU before applying anyway. Why not get your RN and work in the ICU while completing your BSN? It takes about the same amount of time, and you can get your needed experience while you finish school.
  10. by   endorphinrush
    Quote from lblackred
    I do not think that skipping the ADN will benifit you that much. Most of the schools require that you have experience in an ICU before applying anyway. Why not get your RN and work in the ICU while completing your BSN? It takes about the same amount of time, and you can get your needed experience while you finish school.
    valid point. although i did that, it was a pain in the butt :spin: One thing about getting the ADN first, if you do that, just make sure you dont start getting a paycheck and get comfortable. then one day you wake up and you've been at the job for umpteen years.........i did that too. :angryfire
  11. by   jemommyRN
    That is a very valid point. I didn't even think of that. It makes me feel a lot better about being in my ADN program right now. Thanks.

    To the OP, you can NEVER think too BIG!
  12. by   Nitecap
    First you have to think Big, then roll Big and back your big thinking up with big actions. Anyone can do anything they want if they put forth all the effort they have. Be resiliant, dont accept defeat, stand tall, roll with the punches and accomplish your goals.
  13. by   cheat25
    I started as an LPN and everything has worked out for me so far. I call it taking the scenic route. since you are already in the LPN program, stick with it. I would reccomend brifging to ADN, then you can work in ICU as you complete your BSN. That is what I have done. I took my time and made some money. I have 3 years of ICU, but I just finished by BSN and I am applying to CRNA schools now. Go for it! - cheat25

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