How tough are the LPN boards

  1. I am a BSN grad student who did not pass her RN boards. By the advice of my nurse manager I am going to be taking the LPN boards so I can work until I am able to take the RN boards again in 3 months.

    I am Just curious as to the differences between the two exams?

    What should I focus on more in the LPN exam?

    I heard there was not much difference between the two.

    Any advice would be helpful.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   mattsmom81
    I took both exams and there was QUITE a difference when I took them!! I was a LPN first, then went on to RN.

    The difference I found was in depth of understanding of nursing care: emphasis on basics for LPN, more theory and complex physiology for RN's.

    Perhaps someone who has taken them recently can be more helpful...as I'm a 'seasoned' old nurse...LOL! Good luck to you!
  4. by   sbic56
    I have taken both boards, as well, and agree with mattsmom. While the RN boards focus more on critical thinking and prioritizing, the LPN boards focus more on clinical practice and data collection...at least that is what I think I remember about those LPN boards back in '84!! I don't really understand the benefit of taking the LPN boards if you can retake the RN boards in 3 months; I'd rather concentrate on what I needed for the RN boards instead.
  5. by   tsgarman
    I would prefer not to take the LPN boards but if I want to continue working in the area I am in then I was advised to go ahead and take the LPN so I can keep my postition and keep my skills up.
  6. by   Mithrah
    I didn't take the LPN boards but I have our state's NCLEX results for both LPN and RN boards for the past 8 years or so and I can tell you that there is a large difference in pass rates. The LPN has much higher pass rates in all the schools across the state.
  7. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by tsgarman
    I would prefer not to take the LPN boards but if I want to continue working in the area I am in then I was advised to go ahead and take the LPN so I can keep my postition and keep my skills up.
    I understand. Go for it...I'll bet you'll do fine. I still say LPN boards were easier.
  8. by   MishlB
    Having taken both tests...both deal with prioritizing care, but the RN is more critical thinking...something I felt studying would not help much. Both are tough tests...take your time, and remember, safety is the key. They want safe nurses, not necessarily nurses who know the pathophys of heart disease.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    There are lots of nurses here who were LPN's first and are now RN's...I worked my way through RN school as a LPN and it was a great experience. I was a good LPN before I was a good RN.

    Do you have a LPN review book for boards? You will see the difference in the questions no doubt. Some will be similar, some a different level of responsibility.

    I did a year of RN school then got married and wanted to destress/ reprioritize....so I withdrew, took my LPN boards. Went back to RN school a few years later. Never regretted it myself. I gained a lot of confidence and did very well.

    So do what you have to. If you're shaky about retaking RN boards, working as LPN can only help YOU gain confidence too until you retake! Best wishes to you!!

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