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I am brand new here to allnurses.com and I am very excited to have found you guys! I am currently in school to get my LPN first with full intention to complete my RN shortly after. I am a 28 year old... Read More

  1. by   Love-A-Nurse



    welcome to the board and all the best to you!
  2. by   legsmalone
    Originally posted by Jotie
    Hello and welcome from another newbie

    I Am from Australia and we use different names for the level of nursing... could you tell me what your ones mean.

    ours are....
    RN registered Nurse
    EN enrolled nurse
    PCA patient care assistant.

    I am training to become an RN (one year to go) but am working as a PCA a nursing home.
    RN is the same
    EN sounds like our SN student nurse
    LVN and LPN are the same, they are licensed practical or vocational nurses, they are nurses who if I am not mistaken and depending on the state cannot give IV meds, at least the ones I know.
    PCA is our CNA certified nurse assitant also called Care Partner which is a nice way of saying it

    Good luck to you! Sounds like we may both be graduating about the same time!
  3. by   legsmalone
    Originally posted by cna on her way
    I am brand new here to allnurses.com and I am very excited to have found you guys! I am currently in school to get my LPN first with full intention to complete my RN shortly after. I am a 28 year old mother of two and work full time third shift as a CNA at a local hospital here in Noorth Carolina. I am finishing up my prereqs now and will be beginning the program in August. I want to work as a LPN while I bridge for the RN. If you have any advice about the best route for this plan (regular college vs excelsior) please let me know.
    I actually have a class mate who is an LVN (california can't call you guys LPN like every other state!) and working towards her BSN, she has so much experience and is able to work the weekends and support herself without financial aid. I would highly suggest this route if you will be able to complete a bridge program that will give you a license that is valid in other states. The way I understand it here in California, when an LVN completes a bridge program, her license is only valid in this state. I don't know if its the same elsewhere, it would be something to look into. That's why my classmate is going through the entire program. Whatever you decide, I wish you so much luck, school is hard, but very worth it!
  4. by   Jotie
    Thanks for that Now I will be clearer when reading the posts about the different levels. Your LPN's would be the same as our EN's

    Here is Australia RN is a 3 year full time University degree while EN is an 18 month course at T.A.F.E (tertiary and further education)

    I am off today for my next prac placement (clinical as you call it) each one goes for 2 weeks and we have 3 sets of them each semester. And the powers that be some how believe that is enough for us to become registered? Mind you.... with all the study and exams that goes on between the pracs the course would have to be 4-5 years if there was more prac... Brain fagged aussie here

    See you all again in two weeks Cheers!!!!
  5. by   live4today
    Welcome to the Allnurses.com family! We'll treat you right everytime..........well.....we have our moments from time to time...just don't take them personal....chalk our moodswings up to those days when we are actually "PMSing".....or at least "wanna-be-PMSers". :chuckle :kiss
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Welcome to you all the way back east. I spent 2 years in and out of onslow country. The atlantic ocean is absolutely fantastic. Here are some pics of me as a student and cna and first day of RN clinicals...this week [stress and torment] (I would show pics of others but feel I need their permission if im gonna post their image (respect):kiss
    Last edit by mario_ragucci on Oct 13, '02
  7. by   tattooednursie
    Hi CNA! I'm a CNA too. Rough job eh? thats kool that you are going into nursing. I want to be a nurse too. I' planing on becoming an RN. I wanna be a CNA for 5 years because it just sounds good. I want to be a CNA for 5 years and an RN for 40 hee hee hee. Good luck!
  8. by   nakitamoon
    Welcome to allnurses,,,,, glad you found us,,,,,

    Good luck,,, best wishes,,, keep your eye on the goal,,,, during the 'hard' times,,,, breath deep and keep going,,,, you will make it!!!!

    ~~ kitamoon
  9. by   cna on her way
    Originally posted by FutureRN_Mandi
    Hi CNA! I'm a CNA too. Rough job eh? thats kool that you are going into nursing. I want to be a nurse too. I' planing on becoming an RN. I wanna be a CNA for 5 years because it just sounds good. I want to be a CNA for 5 years and an RN for 40 h

    ee hee hee. Good luck!


    future RN Mandi: yes CNA is a rough job but its rewarding in its own way. Nursing is just something I've wanted to do since My oldest son was due and I am just now at a point in life where I can actually fulfill it.
  10. by   cna on her way
    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the advice and for the welcoming!!
    cna on her way
  11. by   shabookitty
    It is nice to meet you! Welcome!
    I watch CNA's in action almost everyday...I draw blood in nursing homes 4 days a week...you guys work hard! It's tough being faced with the same patients day in and day out! I know it is hard not to get attatched. Thanks for the love and care you give!
  12. by   ancella marie
    :blushkiss Welcome!!! You'll enjoy it here....
  13. by   jnette
    Welcome to the bb, Neighbor !

    You'll find tons of advice here and lots and lots of great people ! Wish I had found this while I was in school ! Wish you the best in school and "never give up the dream !"

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