Do you wanna be an RN??

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    Hello nurses

    New LPN here, I was wondering how many of you have plans to or are currently pursuing getting your RN license? I would like to but the thought of going back to school right now sounds awwwful lol maybe I'll wait a year. What are your plans?
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    I was an LPN/LVN for 4 years prior to earning my RN license in 2010.

    Based purely on anecdotal information, the majority of the LPNs with whom I've been acquainted would like to become RNs for various reasons, including enhanced career opportunities and higher pay for a strikingly similar job.
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    Yes.. I will hopefully start the process in the next two years..
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    I've been an LPN for three and a half years. Learned alot, gained experience. I can pay my monthly bills and have money left over at the end of the month. However, I feel stagnant in my career and want to have complete autonomy in the care of my patients. Hence, I am begrudgingly going back to school for the RN, which a 10 and a half month bridge program. It starts May 20 and I should graduate April 1 of next year.
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    I've been an LPN since 2007. I'm 32 years old, married, with two kids. I went to a community college RN program. The program I went to allowed you to exit as an LPN, or bridge to the RN by taking just two more nursing classes (these classes were 12 credits each). I was so burned out from getting my LPN though, I needed time off from school, & exited at the LPN level. I also had a baby in the time I was out of college after getting my LPN, and am unable to go back for my RN right now. I hope to go back for it in the next few years. I've wanted to be an RN for years. I remember I used to go to church with an RN- OR Nurse manager (she had an ADN degree). Our church all went over to her home one night for church dinner & I realized then that RNs do make great money. This was before I'd became an LPN. She lived in a beautiful two story southern style home on private property. It was then that I realized I'd like to have a home like that for my family some day as well! lol I also love helping people though & always loved science & anatomy in school. After that I decided I wanted to be a nurse & pursue my RN degree someday. I made it to LPN & am hoping to get that RN soon too...
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    I just graduated december 2012 & am already taking part time pre reqs & planning to apply to bridge program that starts may 2014. The 2 reasons im going back is the pay increase and i want more employment options : )
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I was an LPN/LVN for 4 years prior to earning my RN license in 2010.

    Based purely on anecdotal information, the majority of the LPNs with whom I've been acquainted would like to become RNs for various reasons, including enhanced career opportunities and higher pay for a strikingly similar job.
    Pre-1980's, LPNs were supplemental nurses, due to the 'real', nursing shortage of RNs, since nurses were paid poverty wages.

    Then LPNs were told "get your RN, they are getting rid of 'the LPN thing' ". Nursing schools 'exploded' with students.

    1990s saw "IV certification" for LPNs, that reduced the 'nursing shortage', and narrowed the divide between LPN and RN.

    Pay exploded again, this time for LPNs. Began dropping for RNs.

    Everyone, men now also- went to nursing school.

    Fast forward: Nurses are a dime a dozen. Ever more 'credentials' and degrees are required, for ever less pay, and even ever fewer jobs, and ever more job insecurity, etc.

    Sorry to be so blunt. I was brought up to never tell a lie.
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    I am in Canada, where entry to practice for RNs is a BScN and for PNs it's a two year diploma. The PNs education is basically equivalent to the old RN diploma education. Employers cannot decrease nurses pay because of union contracts, instead they lay off RNs and hire PNs to replace them, so we are seeing an increase in the number of PNs being registered each year.
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    Quote from CLUVLPN
    I've been an LPN for three and a half years. Learned alot, gained experience. I can pay my monthly bills and have money left over at the end of the month. However, I feel stagnant in my career and want to have complete autonomy in the care of my patients. Hence, I am begrudgingly going back to school for the RN, which a 10 and a half month bridge program. It starts May 20 and I should graduate April 1 of next year.
    Where are you going? Online or in class? What State?
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    Yes i do.


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