Overcoming barriers to role transition during an online post LPN to BN program

Sherri Melrose, Kathryn Gordon

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Canadian Licensed Practical Nurses continuing their education in an online Bachelor of Nursing program face unique barriers as they transition towards a new and more complex nursing role.This qualitative descriptive study explored Post Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Nursing (Post LPN to BN) students' perceptions of their experiences during their education. George Kelly's (1955/1991) psychology of personal constructs, which seeks to understand how individuals perceive the world around them, was the theoretical framework for this three year longitudinal project in which 10 Post LPN to BN students were interviewed at the beginning, middle and end of their program. Transcripts from the interviews were analyzed and three key themes are presented to illustrate barriers that Post LPN to BN students faced and the strategies they implemented to overcame them. First, workplace mentors helped Post LPN to BN students apply their learning. Second, personal learning goals sustained their motivation. Third, time management strategies included terminating full time employment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2011


  • Enrolled nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Post LPN to BN
  • Role transition


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