Online-LPNPrograms.net Clears the Air Regarding Educational Requirements for Becoming an RN
Online nursing education site addresses recent university study report on earning potential of non-college graduate nurses.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2012
A study released this week by Georgetown University identified registered nursing as one of the five best-paying jobs in America for people without four-year college degrees. For the folks at Online-LPNPrograms.net, a specialist in online programs that train licensed practical nurses, these findings were anything but a revelation, but they also required clarification.
“One of the most-appealing features of the nursing profession for young people is that they can get an entry-level position that pays a decent salary without spending years in school” said company spokesperson Carley Savoy. “Add into the mix the fact that there is actually a shortage of qualified nurses in many parts of the country, and it´s no wonder that LPN programs and CNA courses have become so popular in recent years.”
What Wasn´t Mentioned in the Study?
According to Savoy, the Georgetown study´s conclusions about the earning potential of registered nurses were valid, but an important caveat was omitted. “The way the data was presented was a little misleading because it seemed to imply that you can become an RN without going to school — which is absolutely false.”
Savoy went on to point out that, if a person doesn´t hold a bachelor´s degree, one of the only ways he or she can become eligible to challenge the NCLEX-RN exam (required to become a registered nurse) is to first gain experience as an LPN or CNA, and then complete a bridge program.
LPN to RN Bridge Programs
Among the most-popular types of courses sought by nursing students today is LPN to RN programs. Companies like Savoy´s primarily offer these classes online since their enrollments are often made-up of currently-employed, full-time LPNs. By combining one of these bridge courses with their work experience, licensed practical nurses are able to forego the requirement of a BSN degree (Bachelor´s of Science in Nursing) and test for RN status.
Licensed Practical Nursing as a Stepping Stone
“While they can certainly have rewarding careers and earn a good wages as LPNs, most of our students see licensed practical nursing as a stepping stone to becoming an RN. Through BSN and MSN (Master´s of Science in Nursing) online LPN programs, we´re able to assist them in that transition.”
The draw of becoming an RN is undoubtedly related to salary (the mean annual pay for a registered nurse in the U.S. is $52,000 according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce), but it is probably also safe to assume that many individuals are attracted to the position´s perceived status and the opportunities for advancement it affords.
Launched earlier this year, Online-LPNPrograms.net is a distance learning resource that helps match interested students with accredited training programs. In addition to providing a data base of nationally-recognized schools, it also features regularly updated job information and LPN salary data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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