Posts Tagged ‘LPN to RN’

Balancing Life and Schooling

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by RNBP Admin

LPN to RN ClockGoing to school is challenging.  Having a family is challenging.  Being a spouse, parent, or just an adult working a full time job and maintaining a home is challenging.  Though when you put all those things together and decide to start an RN bridge program, you take challenging to a whole new level.

There are people out there who do all those things and manage to be successful in the process though.  How do they do it?  I’m sure that people have many different ways of managing all of the stress and time constraints that come along with going back to school, but maybe there are a few general strategies that can help just about anyone maintain a reasonable balance between schooling and the life that goes on around them.

1. Make sure your family is on board.

As you plan to go back to school, sit down and have a serious discussion with your family about what it may mean to them.  Chances are you will have less time to spend with your spouse or children.  You may have to tighten the budget so you can work fewer hours and spend more time studying.  Other family members may have to take on an increased chore load as you spend more time hitting the books.  In spite of all of this, reassure them that your completion of an RN bridge program will pay off handsomely in increased pay, greater opportunities, and more control over your career.

2.  Make a reasonable schedule and stick to it.

Take an honest look at all of the hours in a day, take out work hours, commute time, and the time it takes you to shower, eat, and sleep, and find the best time for you to carve out an hour or two of study time each day.  Bear in mind the other things that go on in your household on a regular basis and be flexible.  Don’t try to schedule study time during your daughter’s slumber party or your son’s piano lesson; instead, plan to study after they’ve gone to bed.  Or, if you’re fresher in the morning and can retain more of what you read while you’re still drinking your coffee, maybe you can grab some time after the kids leave for school.  The important thing is to find time to study when it is best for you.  Making a smart schedule can provide the structure and balance you will need to succeed.

3.  Consider an RN program from home.

One way to simplify balancing your school and home life is to take an RN bridge program online.  This type of program eliminates the commute time you would have if you went to a traditional school and allows you to choose when, where, and how you take your classes.  You won’t be forced to shape your schedule to the preset schedule of a brick and mortar institution.  Instead, you can mold your school and home schedules into a manageable program that accommodates all of the demands on your time and attention.  Taking online programs is not for everyone; however, there are a lot of resources available so even the most skeptical student may find they are able to successfully complete a distance learning program.

Whether you decide to go to a traditional school or take an RN program online from home, balancing your work, school, and home life can be very challenging.  With a little determination, some creativity, and a little assistance from your family, though, it is possible to achieve your academic goals without letting the rest of your life fall by the wayside.

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What RNBP Members Have to Say…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by RNBP Admin

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What Is Credit by Examination?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by RNBP Admin

paramedic-to-rn-bridgeCredit by Examination award students credits that go toward earning an associate’s college degree, bachelor’s degree or college and vocational certification. Students take the examinations needed in their chosen field of study, which tests their knowledge in the subject. Testing sites throughout the US sponsor The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams at various times during the year. Most colleges consider the credits earned by the Credit by Examination program as transfer credits, so the college policies determine the earned credits for the degree.

The American Council on Education (ACE), approves other examinations recognized for college credit, such as the Excelsior College Exams and Dantes Subject Standardized tests, among others.

Top Benefits for Adult College Students
Most adult students have experience in the workforce that can go toward a degree program, saving them the time it takes to receive a four-year degree. Many adult students earn up to 40 credits toward a degree program through testing.

Another advantage of the Credit by Examination program is the money saved on college tuition. Most adult college student have families to provide for and spending under 100 dollars for an exam, saves thousands of dollars for college courses.

These examinations also help adult students who have already earned a degree but have been in the workplace for a number of years. They can earn continuing education credits for a graduate degree, using their work experience and specialized skills.

Preparing for Credit by Examination
Many adult students lack the confidence to take these exams because they are out of practice with testing and studying. This is especially true of those seeking medical careers, such as nursing because of the technical and medical facts needed to pass the exams.

Programs are available to help prepare for the exams in specific college fields if independent study is difficult or students feel intimidated by text book learning. One of these study programs is RNBridgeprogram.com, an LPN to RN bridge program that provides all the study skills needed to pass the nursing exams and earn credit for a nursing degree. This program allows students to study according to their own schedule using videos, webinars, practice tests and live support.

Programs like RNBridgeprogram.com help adult students remember what they study, boosting the self-esteem they need to pass the Credit by Examination exams. The program actually helps students pass all exams and courses needed to earn an ASN-RN, studying from home.

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RNBP News: Reform for Busy Learners

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

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RNBP is in the news: The U.S. Nursing Shortage Leads to Training Reform for Busy Learners

With a national vacancy rate for registered nurses at more than 4 percent, the demand for nursing education programs to support the nursing profession, like RNBP , are critical. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "the U.S. will require 1.2 million new RNs by 2014 to meet the nursing needs of the country, 500,000 to replace those leaving practice and an additional 700,000 new RNs to meet growing demands for nursing services."

Read the full news release about (RNBP) RN Bridge Program .

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Social Media Guidelines for Nurses

Monday, December 19th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

“Social media use is ubiquitous, but inappropriate posts by nurses have resulted in licensure and legal repercussions. NCSBN has developed guidelines for nurses and nursing students for using social media responsibly. Key points of these guidelines are summarized, along with dramatization of potential scenarios of inappropriate social media use.”

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LPN to RN with RNBP- An Indepth Look

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

With RNBP you will earn your ASN-RN degree entirely through assisted self study, video instruction, live virtual lectures and by earning college credits through examination. As a healthcare professional you already have clinical experience, practical skills and academic credit that you can use toward an RN degree. After having your past college credits evaluated to see which ones you can transfer in you will bridge the gap of lacking credits by earning credits through examination.  Check out the video for more information.

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Your First Job After Nursing School

Monday, September 26th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

LPN to RN JobsWhen you transition from a nursing student to a working nurse, it’s important for the process to be as seamless as possible. Consider the following tips before beginning your first nursing job.

Ask About First-Year Nurse Turnover Rates

High turnovers are an indication of how the employer treats first year nurses. Generally you want to work at a facility that has less than a 20 percent turnover rate.

Find Out About Orientation and Preceptor Programs

A preceptor is a trainer or coach who assists nurses with becoming more acclimated with a facility’s routines, procedures and people. New nurses are more likely to stay if they have an experienced guide to inform and nurture their progress. A great question to ask would be “Will a preceptor be available on my shift after the orientation to answer questions and help with clinical decision making?” If the answer is now, then follow up with a question the facility’s orientation process. You want to make sure that you have enough support as a first year nurse to lessen frustrations and uncertainties.

Ask the nurse manager about the level of clinical, social and emotional support available for first year nurses. This support should include having experienced nurses on hand who are willing to help debrief a new nurse when they need help or extra support

Observe the Unit

A walk through of the unit won’t give you a realistic idea of how people work together. It takes a while for people to let their guard down and be their true selves when someone is watching. Therefore, make sure you observe for a few hours so you get a clearer picture of the unit’s interpersonal dynamics. You may even want to come back the next day and observe more. Try to picture yourself operating in the environment. If you’re having difficulty doing so, then this may be a red flag.

Consider Working on a Specialty Unit First

It’s easier for many new nurses to start on a specialty unit, such as labor and delivery or a highly staffed pediatrics unit, because the patients on those units are more standardized than those on a medical/surgical unit where there are a broad range of cases. There environments in these units are more controlled and the circumstances are more consistent.

Get Your Feet Wet

After getting the proper credentials, assessing potential job environments and doing your research, it’s important to just begin working. You’ll find that most of your learning will come from actually performing your nursing duties. The more experience you get under your belt, the better you’ll feel and the more confidence you’ll have.

Ready for a new career as an RN?  Check out our LPN to RN Bridge Program.

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Career Fields for the Registered Nurse

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

lpn-to-rn-nurseIf you are thinking of making the transition from LPN to RN you will find this article informative and motivating. Registered nurses make up 60% of the medical field because they work in every area of medicine.

The most familiar role of the registered nurse is the nurse who works in a hospital, a clinic or a doctor’s office. The basic duties of a registered nurse are:

  • Treat patients according to instructions by a physician
  • Educate patients, their caregivers and the public about illnesses and conditions
  • Provide emotional support to families
  • Keep records of medical histories
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Administer medications
  • Write up management plans for home use
  • Instruct patients in diet, nutrition and exercise
  • And many other duties

However, there are many more career paths a registered nursing degree can take you. A few of those career paths are:

  • The perioperative nurse works in the operating room assisting surgeons.
  • Perianesthesia nurses take care of patients before and after surgery or other procedures
  • Transport nurses are emergency nurses who monitor patients while they are being transported by helicopter or plane to a hospital.
  • Nephrology nurses specialize in working with patients with kidney disease.
  • Some nurses combine two specialties such as pediatric oncology nurses who work with children who have cancer.

These are just five of the 62 different areas of nursing that are available to a registered nurse. Some nursing positions are more stressful than others. For instance, nursing positions in hospitals, especially in the emergency room, tend to be more stressful than positions in private practice.  Some of the specialties also require certification by a certifying board but the first step to take is to get an ASN degree in nursing from an accredited college institution.

Nurses’ salaries depend on the specialty and what city the position is located. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook registered nurses can look forward to making from $43,410 to $92,240 per year. Job growth is 22% between 2008 and 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. You could not go wrong investing a few years in becoming a registered nurse.

If you’re ready to make the transition from LPN to RN the RNBP video learning system can help make it happen faster and easier!

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Effects of Healthcare Reform on Nursing

Sunday, March 6th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

rnbp-healthOne of the most crucial provisions in the healthcare reform act that is important to the careers of nurses is Obama’s promise to increase funding for the education of nurses. Nursing organizations have been carefully monitoring the status of healthcare reform to gauge its impact on the shortage of nurses in the healthcare industry. Many people who oppose healthcare reform believe that the cost to instrument the plan is exceedingly expensive. In general, nurses believe people can have access to quality medical care without any increase in the cost. Some nurses believe that healthcare reform is really more about reforming health insurance. Nurses would prefer that the passing of the healthcare reform act will cause more money to go towards funding patient care, as oppose to lining the pockets of insurance companies.

Healthcare reform cannot solve the critical shortage of nurse alone. It will take additional help from the state and federal government, and donations from private investors to provide money for nurses to attend school. The American Nurses Association supports healthcare reform legislation, because it will provide increase funding for the education of nurses. The Public Health Service Act has initiated programs which are the primary source of federal funds stipulated for research and the education of nurses. These provisions were put into place to make sure there will not be a shortage of nurse in the future.

Nursing organizations across the Unites States appreciate the fact that healthcare reform has made registered nurses and nurse practitioners an integral part of the healthcare team by given them more leadership responsibilities. Some doctors fear that with registered nurses and nurses practitioners assuming more responsibility, the quality of patient care will deteriorate, and their salaries will decrease. Under the healthcare reform act, federal funding will be provided to Nurse-Managed Clinics, so that nurse practitioners can provide primary and preventive health care in areas that has a shortage of doctors.

Despite strong opposition to the healthcare reform act, many nurses believe that health care reform is needed to improve the overall quality and cost of patient care. Nursing organizations has work closely with the Obama administration to make changes to the healthcare reform bill that will have a positive impact on nurses and patient care in the medical field. Healthcare reform legislation mandates that all Americans must have healthcare insurance. This law will make it necessary to employ more nurses in the future. Nurses will play a vital role in implementing the provisions of healthcare reform, and they will continue to advocate for changes in the healthcare reform laws when needed.

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Why Nontraditional LPN to RN programs?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

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Looking into an LPN to RN program but not sure how you can fit it into your already busy schedule and adult obligations? That’s a challenge many people face.  In today’s world most adults have to come up with solutions to many challenges before they can begin schooling:

  • Adult responsibilities such as family and work
  • Time limitations
  • Need for flexibility
  • Budgetary concerns
  • Part time considerations
  • Commuting issues
  • Child-care considerations

For many people, traditional LPN to RN bridge programs don’t adequately address the challenges that must be overcome for adult students. The cost, time, and personal sacrifices can be prohibitive.  Taking a close look at the real cost, in terms of money and personal sacrifices, with traditional schooling need to be considered, and can include:

  • Full-time tuition
  • Day-time hours have to be dedicated to school
  • Hard copy textbooks,
  • Commuting time, stress of sitting in traffic
  • Car expenses such as maintenance and repairs (oil changes, new tires, etc.)
  • Day care expenses if you have small children
  • Working evening and week-ends
  • Sacrificing family time to work evenings and weekends to finance school

A favorable solution to these limiting factors for the contemporary student is to consider a nontraditional LPN to RN bridge program like RN Bridge Program which  fits well into most adult’s hectic schedules, family and work obligations for the following reasons:

  • Flexible, fluid schedule, can be part-time but get full time results
  • Choose your study hours and the pace of your classes
  • Choose if you want to study on your own or with live instructors- all from home
  • No high tuition bills because it’s a flat monthly membership fee to study as much or as little as you want
  • On- line support system including video instruction, tests, reference material and live, interactive support
  • You can study around your work schedule and keep family as a priority

But is it a quality education?

Yes!  RN Bridge Program is a quality nontraditional LPN to RN bridge program that will help you earn a fully accredited degree from the nation’s largest and highly respected school of nursing. The question to ask yourself is what type of learning style will best suit your life?  Nontraditional nursing students must demonstrate the same level of proficiency in clinical skills and system knowledge as the student who is enrolled in a traditional program.  If you can extract that knowledge base from just reading stacks of text books and without any outside assistance or support, then conventional nontraditional LPN to RN bridge programs will be a great fit.

If you need the support and structure of a traditional program, like instructors to help you stay on track and to answer questions about difficult nursing theory, then RNBP is what you need.  (It’s the best of both worlds; flexibility in your schedule but structure to keep you moving!)

Either way though, the quality of nursing education in nontraditional programs is no less accredited or less prestigious than traditional schooling.  The most important thing to ask when you enroll into an online LPN to RN bridge program is are they accredited and will you be able to get licensed in your state with your degree.  With RN Bridge Program you can know for sure that we’ve got you covered.  After graduating you will be fully prepared to take and pass the NCLEX-RN just as you would after a traditional program.  The ONLY difference is that you did it in less time, for less money and all on your schedule!

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