Should I be an LVN first? Or go stright to RN?

  1. I am changing careers, have two teenage sons and am currently taking pre-reqs that will ultimately go towards an ADN...I can go for the LVN courses, get a little experience and then do the RN bridge course...or I could go straight into the RN program. My child support was increased so I can (sort of) take my time.

    Don't mean to step on any toes here but I am curious why LVN's get such a bad name/time from RN's?

    Any opinions will be greatly appreciated..thanks!

    Terri R
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    first, let me say, welcome!

    deciding on either lpn or rn is a choice that should be made depending on your goals, finances, support system, schools, etc., and your determination.

    no matter what you decide, i wish you well.
  4. by   suzanne4
    you have more room for advancment with an rn after your name.
    what decision you make also should take into account what is available where you live and what the waiting lists are like.

    good luck to you with your studies and
    a big welcome to allnurses.com
  5. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses! The other two posters had good advice re: choosing between RN/LPN school, so I'll leave it at that.
  6. by   martiforlife
    Like the last person wrote, deciding whether you should go for your LVN or RN depends on a lot of other things. There are a few things to consider such as after you get your LVN will you have time to go back for your RN. Personally if it is time you are most concerned about I think a diploma or associate RN would be a good option. Then you could bridge for your BSN or if your feeling really motivated I know some universities offer RN to MSN programs where you receive your BSN and MSN at the same time. Good Luck!
  7. by   Yvonne RN-2004
    If you can go straight for your RN, then do that. I know that in the hospitals in my local area they are cutting back the LVN's and come January when the ratios change again, I know my hospital is getting rid of the LVN's all together. LVN is good experince, but many of the hospitals offer nurse extern positions while you are in nursing school that pay practically LVN wages.
    Good luck in whatever path you choose.
  8. by   Tweety
    Go straight for the RN if that's possible. A lot more job opportunities and money. Good luck!
  9. by   NurseKimberley
    OK, apparently I have the unpopular opinion...but I have been an LPN since June '99, and just graduated with ADN. The experience is helpful. True, they are different ballgames, but every little bit of know-how helps. Just my $.02
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    kimmy, congratulations!
    Quote from kimmylpn
    ok, apparently i have the unpopular opinion...but i have been an lpn since june '99, and just graduated with adn. the experience is helpful. true, they are different ballgames, but every little bit of know-how helps. just my $.02
  11. by   NurseKimberley
    Thanks ...And looks like congratulations are in order for you too!!! :hatparty:
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    If your goal is RN, go for RN.

    steph
  13. by   mimi190
    I also was going to schol for nursing...I was taking classes for RN which give you more opportunities...However I have found that the LPN is being phased out and is gong to be replaced with a Patient Care Tech. . This is a person that is trained to do the work of a Certified Nurses Attendant as well as know how to do Medical Billing and is a Pharmacy tech all rolled into one. The pay is ood and f you go into using Medical billing you have weekends off. I still have the desire to be an RN and want to make a difference in peoples lives immediatley...ut for me I cannot start off at my age on 3rd shift and need weekends off for care of family. Good Luck!

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