(Closed) LPN bridge

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
47439 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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victorialew :  For questions like this, it helps if you say where you live as things vary so much from one locale to another.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you’ve got a year of your LPN program left, you probably just started it? I highly recommend doing a bridge program to an RN. Then go from there. 

FWIW- I did my LPN, then bridged to RN, then immediately bridged to my BSN. Worked several years with my BSN and am now halfway through my MSN to be a FNP.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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victorialew :  I have not done this program but I work in health care with a lot of nurses.  From my understanding, you need a BSN in order to apply to MSN programs, and most MSN programs will not even consider you without several years experience (minimum of 5 years I believe).  If your ultimate goal is a MSN, don’t just go the RN route.  In my state, many hospitals will not hire new RNs, just BSNs.  It’s not necessarily fair in my opinion but many of the health care fields are phasing out the lower degrees.  I am a physical therapist and back in the day, all you needed was a bachelor’s in PT.  Then it was a masters, now the only degree is a doctor of PT (which is what I have).  The same thing happened with pharmacy.  The bachelor’s degree was completely phased out and now the only degee is a doctor of pharmacy.  I would do some more research before you go the RN route.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

In general unless you plan to work in long term care, rehab or a clinic, getting an RN will be totally worth it. A lot of acute care hospitals (at least in my state) are going to RN as a minimum but prefer BSN/RN because Magnet thinks that is best. The programs I have seen for LPN-RN are an additional year and then the RN to BSN is another year, but almost all I have seen have done the BSN part online while working. Many larger hospital systems have tuition assistance programs as well. 

 I will say, working as a nurse, that if you can afford to, go straight into an ADN-RN program instead of the LPN unless you know for certa8n your area has a strong job market for LPNs. I work for a large hospital system (around 20 acute hospitals and hundreds of clinics) And the far and vast majority of jobs are either med tech/nurse aide/clinic aide OR RN. Most clinics even just have an RN and some aides, not LPNs. The biggest place I know that employees LPNs are nursing home/rehabs, which for someone who wants to go on to a MSN are not going to be where you want to work. Most MSN programs want acute hospital experience. 

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