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BSN & RN Bridge Program Blog

FREE Guide: How to Get Financial Aid for your Nursing Program

Posted by Tammie Marry on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Nursing is a great career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics [1], the median pay for a registered nurse was $70,000 in 2017. Better yet, demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 15% by 2026, much faster than most jobs, thanks largely to a generation of aging, but still active baby boomers. 

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Tags: Nursing Programs, Financial Information

LPN to RN Online Programs: Tips for Sorting Out the Good, Bad, & Ugly

Posted by Tammie Marry on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

 

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN)? Go for it! Becoming an RN is a great career move. According to the US Department of Labor, RNs made an average of nearly $25,000 more per year than LPNs in 2017 [1] [2]. (Having more RNs also benefits humanity as a whole, if you’re into that sort of thing.) Best of all, thanks to modern online LPN to RN programs, you can level up your degree from the comfort of your own laptop.

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Tags: Online Programs

Credit by Exam for BSN Programs:  Finish Faster with this 5-Step Roadmap

Posted by Tammie Marry on Wed, Nov 07, 2018

Whether you're a brand new nursing student or the proud holder of a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN—and congratulations, by the way) it's likely you've considered going after a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Why? Because as great as an ADN is, once you get your BSN....

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Tags: BSN Programs, Credit by Examination

Are LPNs Being Phased Out?

Posted by Tammie Marry on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

As long as there is a nursing shortage, there will still be a need for the LPN. Jobs are still available, and not just in nursing homes. However, if are you are an LPN, now is the time to take a good hard look and consider your future and the options you have in the nursing profession.

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Why RNs Make More Money than LPNs

Posted by Tammie Marry on Thu, Oct 26, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for RNs in 2016 was $68,450 per year. The 2016 median pay for LPNs was $44,000 per year – a difference of over $24,000 per year. For both LPNs and RNs the basic essentials of nursing are the same. They both provide care for people who are suffering, and both must contend with the mental and emotional distress of dealing daily with patients in pain. However, the major differences in the scope of practice between the two is a major reason for the pay differential.

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Tags: LPN to RN Programs

Testing out: Your degree in as little as one year

Posted by Tammie Marry on Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid years in a classroom and huge loans to earn your degree? Programs like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) allow you to test out of a course and earn the same credit you would in a traditional semester of class. How does testing out work, and how can you take advantage?

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Tags: Credit by Examination, Accelerated College Degree

How to Get Accepted by Nursing Schools Despite a Low GPA

Posted by Tammie Marry on Wed, Oct 04, 2017

With projections calling for a need for more than a million new and replacement registered nurses by 2020, innovative approaches to increase student populations are being taken by nursing schools, including more and more accelerated degree program options for non-nursing graduates.

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Tags: Nursing Information

Battling Stress and Burnout as A Nurse Practitioner

Posted by Tammie Marry on Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Nurses face stress every day, and the profession has the highest burnout rate in healthcare. Studies show that 43% of newly-licensed nurses leave their first jobs within 3 years, and 17.5% leave within the first year. However, one nurse has managed to stay focused for 38 years in one of the most stressful areas in a hospital – the ER. Let’s briefly look at her story, along with some ways you can avoid stress yourself.

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Tags: Nursing Careers, Nursing Information

Tips for the First Year Nursing Student

Posted by Tammie Marry on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

If you’ve just started nursing school, congratulations on taking the first step to a rewarding career! It's an exciting time in your life, but some find the challenges intimidating – especially since many don’t know what to expect. A recent study found that almost 35% of college freshmen feel overwhelmed and stressed by schoolwork. That number is likely higher for nursing students since their programs are more demanding. Here are some tips to help you thrive in your first year in nursing school.

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Tags: Nursing Information

Nursing Bridge Programs, Designed to Get the Best of You

Posted by Tammie Marry on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Did you get into nursing as an LPN or with an ADN degree, but now want to take your career to the next level? Are you interested in an improved salary, greater job opportunities, and more autonomy in the workplace? LPN to RN and RN to BSN bridge programs were made with you in mind.

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Tags: Nursing Programs

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