Curious, Why did you decide to become an RPN/LPN?

  1. I really wanted to go back to school (i never really did much education past high school when i was younger) but i always struggled with WHAT i wanted to go back for.

    For many years I had people tell me i should become a nurse and i was very hesitant about pursuing it as an education and career path.

    I researched different options and different careers i would be interested in but i kept coming back to nursing. i have quite a few friends who are nurses so i spoke with them about what they liked and disliked about their jobs and in the end i decided it was the right path for me to follow.

    I'm very excited, and nervous, to start my RPN program in September.

    I have two small children and i want to set a good example for them... so i better make sure i keep my grades up!! lol
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   jadelpn
    Best wishes for much success! I became an LPN because it fit into my life at just the right moment. And I love what I do.
    Let us know how it goes for you!
  4. by   libran1984
    I didn't get into the RN program and wanted a back up....


    Hehehe

    /popcorn
  5. by   loriangel14
    Congratulations on taking this step. I too went back to become an RPN with two small children. I had always wanted to become a nurse but life made me take the long way around. I was newly single and needed a way to give my kids a better life.It's been six years since I graduated and I have never regretted by decision.
    Where are you going to school?
  6. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from libran1984
    I didn't get into the RN program and wanted a back up....


    Hehehe

    /popcorn

    *wags finger at libran1984*
  7. by   libran1984
    <3 u Brandon, just trying to see who would bite


    Edit to add, plus it's true- I had one B! Just one and i couldn't gain entrance to the ASN program. I still harbor fresh scars / wounds over that... I really gotta stop picking at it or it will never heal.
    Last edit by libran1984 on May 2, '13
  8. by   Mewsin
    I'm still a pn student but my choice was either 4 years away from home to do a BSN or 2 years in my same town for LPN, I chose LPN.
  9. by   CYoungLPN
    Quote from Mewsin
    I'm still a pn student but my choice was either 4 years away from home to do a BSN or 2 years in my same town for LPN, I chose LPN.
    Ur LPN program was 2 yrs???
  10. by   loriangel14
    In Canada they are 2 years. Mine was 5 semesters.
  11. by   Fiona59
    Quote from CYoungLPN
    Ur LPN program was 2 yrs???
    Mine was four academic semesters, also in Canada.
  12. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from Fiona59
    Mine was four academic semesters, also in Canada.
    So why doesn't it result in an "associates of practical nursing"? Why is it still just a certification? Just curious.
  13. by   loriangel14
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    So why doesn't it result in an "associates of practical nursing"? Why is it still just a certification? Just curious.
    It's not a certification, it's a diploma. We have no Associates degrees in Canada I don't think.Even when we used to have 2 year RN programs they were just diplomas, not degrees.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on May 3, '13
  14. by   libran1984
    My program itself was 3 academic semesters plus 2 more semester of prereqs= 5 total semesters

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