I am a new nursing student planning on getting my associates degree and getting my RN certification. I was just curious what you have to do to get an LPN, wondering if I might want to do that first. And also...what are the differences in duties of an RN and a LPn. Thanks for any replies.
Jun 23, '01
My personal opinion is that if your goal is RN, and you don't have a reason to get the LPN first, ie finances, family obligations, just skip the LPN and go for the RN. The LPN program is 12 months long, and the LPN to RN bridge program in my area only grants 14 credit hours for having a LPN degree. So basically, the LPN takes you about a year out of the way. If you want to work in a hospital during school, become a CNA. I'm an entry-level Unit Tech (basically a uncertified nurse's aide) and I make $2 less an hour than entry-level LPN's and I schedule my work hours around my classes.
Last edit by shyviolet78 on Jun 23, '01