You’re good at what you do, and you may be wondering about possible next steps in your career. If you’re a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or licensed vocational nurse (LVN), you may have wondered about the process to become a registered nurse (RN). Is this the next step for you?
Converting from an LPN to an RN
First, you may be wondering about the differences in duties between the two roles. Registered nurses supervise LPNs; they can do all the same duties, but RNs can also develop care plans, oversee patient admissions and discharges, perform life support procedures, and manage a facility or hospital floor. If you are prepared for additional capabilities and responsibilities, this may be a good move for you.
If you’re an LPN, you can complete a bridge program to become an RN. If you earn an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), it will take approximately 12 to 18 months. If you participate in a program to earn your bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN), it will take approximately 24 to 36 months. These programs use the knowledge, skills, and abilities you’ve already learned as an LPN to help you bridge to your destination more quickly than someone who is starting fresh.
When you consider these options, it’s important to also think about what each will mean down the road. Your ADN will allow you to work as an entry-level RN; RNs with bachelor’s degrees are more likely to receive promotions and autonomy, manage other nurses, and receive higher pay. Although the ADN will take less time now, the BSN will offer more opportunities later.
Find a Job through a Staffing Agency
We understand where you are now, and we understand your destination. That makes a difference now, and it will make a difference when you’re looking for a job. If you’re going to use a recruiter, you need someone who really understands healthcare—someone who specializes in that, not just a generalist recruiter who may not speak your healthcare language.
Everything you bring to the table matters. Your education, skills, accomplishments, and character are important, and they help us help you find the perfect fit. That’s why a staffing agency will ask about your skills and experience, among other things. It’s all part of sorting through all the openings out there to find the one that will suit you.
We Place Registered Nurses
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. If you become a registered nurse, we’ll be here when you’re ready for your next assignment. We’re looking forward to talking with you, so give us a call at 310.436.3650.