Should I become an lpn first or just go for ASN? - page 3

I live in northen Indiana. My question is, would it be beneficial for me to get my lpn before I get my RN? This way I could be getting some sort of experience while I'm getting my RN. I am ready to... Read More

  1. by   Will-B
    My plan is to be an NP. So I will definitely be getting my BSN.
  2. by   txgal34
    i think you have to look at several factors. I am in TX, so it may be different here. I choose the LVN route because it can be done in 11 months (fulltime student). Here, there are crazy waiting lists to get into RN programs. LTC is EASY to find a job at as an LVN. RN's are finding a tough time getting a job, though it can be done. Here, hospitals rarely hire LVN's so if you were set on working in a hospital then LVN would not be a good idea. ADN will take twice as long, though so many more doors will be open as an RN. Try to get a part time job as a CNA/PCT when in school if possible because that makes it a million times easier to get a job at the facility.
  3. by   pwg1219
    I got my LPN first for several reasons. One was there was no RN program of any kind available to me when I decided to become a nurse. Another was I was 50 years old when I entered college to become a nurse. I was not sure I was smart enough or would be able to keep up with the younger students. I found out I was both smart enough and even got better grades than some of the younger students! I immediately transitioned to an ADN/RN program but had to move to another city to do it. I left my husband behind for 2 years but it has turned out to be worth it. The training and knowledge I received in LPN training was invaluable to me in my RN classes - the material was so much easier for me to understand. I love being a nurse! I am now thinking about going back to get my BSN just for the heck of it! You have to do what you feel is best for you. If you are just now trying to get into a program and you have both programs available to you, I would agree you should apply to both programs and let God open the door He wants you to walk through. He knows you better than you do so trust Him! Good luck to you. I will be praying for your success and happiness in your nursing career.