If it is your ultimate career goal to become a nurse and you plan to be in this profession long term, then you will likely want to consider pursuing your Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on nursing (LVN to BSN). By pursuing this educational path you will ensure that employment opportunities are ample and that they can sustain you and your family financially. Once you have obtained your high school diploma you will want to ensure that you score satisfactory on your ACT examination.
Practically all four year colleges and universities will want copies of your ACT scores and your transcript before you can be admitted into their Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, you will want to be sure that your grades and your ACT scores accurately demonstrate your academic abilities. Depending upon the college or university that you choose to attend you may need to complete prerequisite courses related to microbiology, anatomy, chemistry, and physiology. Of course, the grades you receive on these prerequisite courses is extremely important as you prepare to work on your more concentrated courses.
Once you begin working on your Bachelor of Science degree program you will be learning about a variety of health conditions, how to help patients promote their health, medical treatments that are applicable in a variety of situations, how to appropriately care for patients, and how to provide assistance to primary care professionals. Students will learn these valuable skills through an intensive amount of humanities and science courses. While the courses you are required to successfully complete will somewhat vary from one college to another, some of the course work you may need to complete is: public health nursing, medical terminology, gerontological nursing, healthcare safety, reproductive healthcare, and pathophysiology.
Keep in mind, a portion of your instruction will be conducted within a classroom setting and will be primarily comprised of lectures. However, you will also be required to complete laboratory components as well as clinical training, which will take place in a variety of healthcare facilities (mental health agencies, hospitals, and public schools). Depending upon your college or university you may also have the opportunity to complete research that directly pertains to the field of nursing.
Upon completion of this four year degree program, students will be required to earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in order to actively practice their new career path. However, you will want to check into what your state of residence requires of their prospective registered nurses, since what is required varies from one state to another. Should you decide to further your educational degree level you can then be able to seek employment as a nurse practitioner, a nurse educator, a clinical nurse specialist, or a healthcare manager. Of course, with your bachelor's degree you will be able to seek employment with a large range of doctor's offices, residential care facilities, outpatient facilities, hospitals, and long term care facilities.
Take courses for your Bachelor’s degree in LVN to BSN in microbiology, chemistry, biomedical science, psychology and more. Core courses include those in:
Pharmacology – Learn how to give medications and the skills necessary to administer treatment in a safe manner.
Adult health Nursing – Learn how to take care of adults including those with respiratory issues and cancer.
Technology in Global Health – Understand how diseases travel as well as the history of diseases.
Pediatric Nursing – As a LVN you learned about pediatric nursing and techniques needed to care for those under the age of 18. As a BSN you’ll learn more advanced techniques that focuses on the growth and human development.
Ethics – Law and ethics is a big party of any nurse. Learn the history of nursing and how new laws change how patients are treated based on their wishes.
Safety – Learn about how to provide safe nursing as well as how to interact with families and patients.
Alternative – Support therapeutic nursing including biology and social sciences.
Communications – Learn and be able to demonstrate a high level of communication skills to be able to work directly with doctors and follow orders.
When it comes time to researching nursing schools you’ll want to focus on the areas that are most important to you. Some of the top areas include:
School History – First find out how long the school has been teaching LVN to BSN degrees as well as what their success rates are. The state nursing agencies post graduate test scores so the public knows which schools have the highest pass rates.
Length of Program – Some nursing schools offer accelerated programs which helps students finish quicker and get into the workforce.
Class Size – Because this is nursing you’ll want a school that has a small class size. Smaller classes allow you work more hands-on with your instructors and get more personalized attention.
Externship – All programs have an externship and one of the most important things to follow up on is if the externship sites hires their externs and how often. Many nurses get hired once they can show their abilities during their externship.
Online – if you have a high self-discipline and don’t mind working by yourself then an online option could be right for you.
- Over 45% of hospitals now require nurses to have their BSN.
- First year nurses make more money than the average college graduate their first year.
- Some of the best traits you can possess as a BSN include: good listener, attention to details, dependable and able to handle high stress.
- BSN’s manage other nurses as well as receive a higher salary.
- Less than 5% of all nurses are males but this number has increased over the years.
- Most states have a shortage of BSN’s yet most of their schools have wait lists and only allow a certain amount of students to graduate at a particular school.