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BSN & RN Bridge Program Blog

Congratulations! One Step Closer to Achieving Your Degree!

Posted by Dina Francis on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Congratulations to the following students for passing an exam this week and are now one step closer to achieving their degree!

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Quick Guide to RN Programs in New Jersey

Posted by Dina Francis on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

If you are interested in getting your RN or BSN in New Jersey, now is a good time. As one of the most densely populated states, New Jersey has need of skilled nurses. A report from the Center for Nursing at Rutgers states that nearly a third of the state’s nurse workforce will reach retirement age in the next decade.

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Congratulations! You are One Step Closer to Achieving Your Degree!

Posted by Dina Francis on Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Congratulations to the following students for passing an exam this week and are now one step closer to achieving their degree!

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Quick Guide to Nursing Programs in New York

Posted by Dina Francis on Fri, Jun 12, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the total number of new openings for nurses by 2022 will be over one MILLION. Becoming an RN is a rewarding career path, with an obvious market for those looking to be hired. The nursing shortage is only going to intensify as Baby Boomers age, health care concerns continue to grow, and new health initiatives like the Affordable Care Act are put into place. Nursing schools are having a difficult time keeping up with the pace. Waiting lists to get into traditional programs are often long.

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Accelerated BSN Programs: A Good Fit for Your Learning Style?

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, Jun 02, 2015

Accelerated BSN programs are perfect for those who want to get their BSN as quickly as possible. Far too often LPN and other licensed professionals start a bridge program with the idea of getting their BSN, but decide it would be better to first become an RN. There’s nothing wrong with that strategy, however in the long run, it usually takes you longer and will cost more to go RN and then BSN than it will going directly to BSN. Another problem is because of the demands on life, many stop at RN and never fulfill their ultimate goal.

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Tags: accelerated nursing programs

Social Ideas for Students in Online Nursing Programs

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, May 19, 2015

Online nursing programs are changing the way new nurses train for careers in healthcare. Online programs help students work toward RN or BSN credentials in a much faster, more convenient way. Online nursing programs for NCLEX or NCLEX-PN test preparation are also much simpler than driving, parking, and schlepping your stuff to a classroom on the other side of town.

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10 Thrifty Thank-You Ideas for Your Favorite Nurse on #NursesDay

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, May 05, 2015

Attention nurses: everyone knows you’re an unselfish group. Your limitless capacity to care for others is what makes you so qualified to be a nurse in the first place. But you deserve some caring, too…

In advance of National Nurses Day (May 6th), let’s get this list on America’s radar. Let’s remind the folks in our social networks and online communities how much nurses impact our daily lives—and how easy it is to say thank you.


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Future LPNs: NCLEX PN Review Planning for 2015

Posted by Dina Francis on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

In 2014, more than 73,000 people took the NCLEX PN exam. Nearly 70 percent of them passed. But pass rates were much higher among first-time test takers (81 percent) versus repeat test takers (30 percent).

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Your Nursing Degree Plan: 3 Problems that Nurses Can Solve

Posted by Dina Francis on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Here at ATP, we like to consider ourselves a practical bunch. We believe in education that’s attainable and affordable, because we think everyone deserves a shot at a promising career. But we don’t always talk about financial aid and average RN salaries.

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Tags: nursing careers

3 Reasons Why Accelerated BSN Programs Make Sense

Posted by Dina Francis on Wed, Feb 04, 2015

Whether you’re brand new to the job market, or a seasoned professional who’s looking to reinvent her career, nursing is a smart—and exciting!—option. For high school graduates, there are many different ways to pursue nursing. Ditto for those who already have some healthcare-related credits and experience.  

Even if you already have a four-year degree in a different discipline, you might be surprised to discover how seamlessly you can transition into nursing. Accelerated BSN programs make it possible, by building on your general education/liberal arts credits, and focusing on the clinical/hard science credits nurses need to succeed. In fact, qualified candidates can earn a bachelor of science in nursing pretty quickly.

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