I'm an LPN w/3 yrs experience in LTC. Never worked in a hospital except in nursing school
. I'm thinking of getting my RN through correspondence courses, which would entail getting study materials through the mail, testing out for each course at a local testing center, and doing my clinicals in one or two weekends at a hospital. My reasons for this are: (1) I could get the RN much faster this way than the conventional way; (2) I am 47 years old, and feel kind of funny in classrooms with kids now; (3) I need to start making the money I could make as an RN; and (4) I simply want more nursing education. I am especially interested in comments from anyone who has done this or anyone who knows someone who has. After you/they got a job as an RN, were you/they treated differently than those who went through the conventional classroom program? Was it harder to get a job? Please help.