Should I go for RN or LPN?

  1. I am 27 with 3 small children. I can't decide on whether to go to school to be an RN or LPN. Is it worth the extra year in school to be an RN? I want be able to work as soon as possible, but my schooling and childcare would be paid for 100%, so part of me wants to take advantage of this and go for RN. The only thing I know is that I want to work with the elderly.(I love old people!)And I would like to only work weekends. What are the pros and cons to either becoming a RN or LPN?
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   cindybeth
    RN. Can't name five LPNs I've worked with consistently in the last seven years. Dying out.
  4. by   CaronRN58
    Would suggest RN. Most of the LPN's that I have worked with over the years have gone on to get their RN. They become frustrated by the things that they can't do because they are LPN's.
    Thoughts from a genuine antique nurse.
  5. by   cwltravrn1
    R.N. At this point, go for the education that will give you the most options (so R.N with an easy option to pick up a BSN later would be the best). An extra year spent now will certainly pay off in the future. Good Luck!
  6. by   ucavalpn
    Go for the RN - get the most education you can get . I'm an LPN and very happy with my job , but if I were going to start over it would be the RN program . This will give you more options as far as what you want to do in nursing . Good Luck with whichever you decide.