I'm New...where do i start??

  1. Hello everyone my name is Danielle, I'm from Cincinnati, ohio i'm still in high school but i'm doing some research...like where do i start to become a RN. Do i have to become an LPN first...if so how do i go about that road...any advice would be soo great!!

    Thanks
    danielle
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  3. by   heatherbless
    Quote from RansS10princess
    Hello everyone my name is Danielle, I'm from Cincinnati, ohio i'm still in high school but i'm doing some research...like where do i start to become a RN. Do i have to become an LPN first...if so how do i go about that road...any advice would be soo great!!

    Thanks
    danielle
    hi danielle, just thought I would respond about this. You do not have to be an LPN first--but, if you choose LPN that is one year and the RN is two years, so either way--it works out to two years. Try and talk to your health teacher at school or your counselor to get advice on schools in your area. You can also check this forum under Ohio and see what you come up with. Good luck to you, heather/
  4. by   danaRN2b
    Hi Danielle! Do you know what school you want to go to? I would start by researching the nursing programs at all of the area schools, etc, that you are interested in going to. Each school has different requirements. I live in a very small town and will be in a 2-year course at a local community college to get my ADN. Of course, you are encouraged to take as many "core" classes for your degree (history, psych, english, etc) as possible before actually applying to the nursing program. We also have to take Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology prior to application. (Since I'm only able to take classes part time right now, I will have been in school 5 years before it's all said and done: three years for core classes and pre-requisites, and two years full time in the nursing program. ) Most schools also have you take an entrance exam.
    Like I said before, the program I'm going into is a 2-year program. After the first year you have to test and be licensed as an LPN to go onto the second year, after which you are ready to try for RN licensure! If you go for your BSN in a four-year program it may be different, but I'm not sure.
    The main thing would be just to scout out the schools that you are interested in and talk to the nursing department staff. They'll let you know what the best course of action is for you. Also, remember that a lot of schools have lots of people applying for a small number of spots, so many may have a waiting list. Good luck, keep us posted!
  5. by   Enfermera7a
    [QUOTE=RansS10princess]Hello everyone my name is Danielle, I'm from Cincinnati, ohio i'm still in high school but i'm doing some research...like where do i start to become a RN. Do i have to become an LPN first...if so how do i go about that road...any advice would be soo great!!

    Thanks
    Dear Danielle, I'm new too. Not new to nursing (I've been doing that for
    about 25 years) but to the board. I hope I am doing this right. As a very
    grateful graduate of a Catholic college why don't you check out the program
    at the U. of Cincinnati?

    Good luck

    Enfermera7a
  6. by   Nurse1202
    Hi Danielle! I agree with the above poster: talk to your school counselor, that is what they are there for. In nursing, there are different avenues you can take to get your foot in the door. There is the 1 year LPN degree, a 2 year Associate degree RN, a 4 year BSN. The LPN will get you educated and working the fastest, but with different expectations and duties than an RN. The ADN and BSN courses: you have to take pre-requisite and core classes before acceptance into a program. They will all give you the basic nursing education to be a safe and competent nurse. The 2 year is geared for the RN licensure and the BSN includes the management and leadership focus with the degree. If you ever want to go into management, a BSN is the minimum requirement these days. My suggestion: you are young and if you have time and money, go the traditional 4 year BSN. I did not have that option and I obtained my ADN. I'm working on my BSN now and it is hard working, taking care of a home and family, too. It took me 4 years, but a BSN would've taken at least 6. Also, call the Ohio Board of Nursing and inquire about the licensure testing pass/fail ratios for the nursing schools in your area. I did that and I went to a school that was in the top 5 for passing the licensure test. Good luck! you can PM me anytime Heather
  7. by   suzanne4
    I think the other posters have already answered your questions but I just wanted to welcome you to Allnurses.com from the sunny side of the world...
    just this side of paradise...............

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