Need some advice, Please?

  1. Hi Everyone!

    My name is Dana and I have been reading through some of these messages for the past month or so now, so I figured it was time I introduce myself!

    I'm currently a licensed Esthetician. I LOVE helping people and for as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a nurse. My cousin is an RN and I see how much she loves her job and its given me the push I think I needed to go ahead and just do it! I'm 25 years old and have never been to "college" - I went to a trade school for my Esthetics license. My question for you all is would I be better off starting out in the LPN program and then bridging over to RN? Or should I just start out with the RN program? I know I'll probably need some pre-req's first, but I'm just really excited to start and would love to hear your opinions!

    Thank you so much in advance!

    Sincerely,
    Dana
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    HI Dana and welcome to allnurses.com!

    Personally, I would go to college, get some pre-requisite courses towards nursing done and then go for your RN. LPNs are wonderful and needed, and yes, are nurses-----but so many go on to school to bridge for the RN later. Working and going to school (and caring for a family if you have one) is NOT easy, and it's no truer than in nursing school. Working as a nurse can be exhausting, and adding school/university coursework and clinical rotations to that, really tough.

    If your goal is to be an RN, then go straight for that.

    Decide where you might like to go to school next. See this site:

    www.allnursingschools.com

    When you decide the school(s) at which you will apply, you need to look at their prerequisite requirements (core coursework) and start working on those. Most nursing schools nowadays have LONG waiting lists and are very competitve for very few slots, so they won't often admit candidates who do not already have all their pre-nursing coursework done. Get the core classes taken, and get the best grades you possibly can.

    Make sure any credits you take will transfer, if you plan to, say, start in a community college and transfer to a 4 year university later. Do not waste time taking classes that may not transfer. If you are in doubt, talk with the school of nursing counselor of the institution of your choice.

    Good luck in your decisions and future career endeavors.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 4, '06
  4. by   DanaG524
    Thank you so much! That helps a lot! :wink2:

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