LPN to BSN
"I love nursing, so for me, personally, it would be very rewarding to achieve my goal of becoming an RN."
Linda Juve, a licensed practical nurse at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood, Montana, has always dreamed of being a registered nurse. To reach that goal, she is pursuing an L.P.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Arkansas.
“As a licensed practical nurse, you cannot do as many things as an registered nurse can do, but where I am from it is very rural, so we are short on RNs,” Juve said. “I love nursing, so for me, personally, it would be very rewarding to achieve my goal of becoming an RN.”
As a working grandmother who babysits for her daughter on her days off, Juve chose to further her career using an online program. It was also how she earned her LPN, she said.
“The fact that I can do my clinicals in my area is great,” she said. “I do not have to travel so far to go to another nursing program. I can stay home and work around my schedule.
Students have to be organized and dedicated to succeed in an online program, Juve said.
“You must be very focused and not a procrastinator,” she said. “You need systems for organizing and planning and know how to work skillfully with others in an efficient and effective way. You need to work hard, be diligent and persevere. If you can do that then you are a good candidate for this program.”
Juve is one of 23 people to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online U of A students for the 2020-2021 academic year. She plans to continue working in her community as a registered nurse.
“I have always dreamed of becoming a RN,” Juve said. “As a home health nurse and an RN, I will be able to provide leadership and be a role model to those under me.”