What’s the benefit of LPN to RN Bridge Programs?
Feb. 18, 2016
When you went to school for your licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree, you might have found the short program appealing because it enabled you to get to work right away.
However, many nurses quickly discover that becoming a registered nurse (RN) brings more career opportunities and the potential to earn more.
Exploring LPN to RN bridge programs is a great way to advance your career.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LPN AND RN
Most LPNs complete a certificate program in about a year, although some LPNs have more education.
By contrast, at a minimum, RNs have an associate’s degree in nursing, with some employers now preferring candidates with the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree.
One of the biggest differences, other than the particularly duties each is licensed to do, is your work environment. LPNs are more likely to work in long-term care settings such as nursing homes and rehab centers. While RNs, after graduating from a nursing degree program, typically work in general medical and surgical hospitals.
TYPICAL DUTIES OF A REGISTERED NURSE
There’s more to enrolling in one of many LPN to RN bridge programs than just the desire to make more money. The scope of the work you perform on the job is different as well.
RNs implement care plans for patients, including interpreting basic findings (which may be gathered by LPNs) and evaluating the patient’s condition at various points throughout the treatment process.
RNs develop care plans for patient treatment, such as advising the patient to walk during recovery, whereas the LPN helps the patient follow through on the care plan.
The role of an RN involves collaboration with the attending MD and potentially supervising LPNs on a team. Make sure this is a challenge you would enjoy before you enroll in an RN bridge program.
LPN TO RN BRIDGE PROGRAM DETAILS
Deciding to take the step to become an RN through a nursing degree program is a good investment in your career and future.
The job outlook for registered nurses is very good, with an estimated 19 percent increase in job growth. This will likely continue due to the aging of the baby boomer generation.
Our programs are career-driven, which means that we teach the skills you need to move into a more responsible, leadership-based RN role.
One of the best things about the LPN to RN bridge program is that it can be relatively quick because it’s based on the foundation of your previous LPN education.
Concorde’s LPN to RN bridge program can be completed in as few as 15 months. Many of our programs are flexible to fit around the schedules of working adults.
We have financial aid available and scholarships to help put your dream of career advancement within reach.
Contact us today for more information about the RN bridge program or any of our other career programs and let us show you how you can get on the path to a better career.