Quote from Bess87
Anyone have any advice on going for your LPN versus RN? (in NY state)
I am also torn about this...Here's how I have come to understand it:
LVN is for those who want to work in a Drs office, clinic, urgent care, in LTC or as a Home care nurse. If hospitals aren't your thing, then LVN is your best bet.
RN is for those who want to work in a hospital and like the fast pace of the hospital setting.
So once you pinpoint what specialty area and what setting you think you want to work in that will help you decide whether to do LVN or RN.
Here's my issues. My dream job is to work in L & D/Baby care unit, that is what I've always wanted to do. But I also think I would fit in well in an OB/GYN office or womens health office/clinic. I also have an interest in LTC.
So which do I choose??? As of today, I am leaning towards LVN, so I can get my feet wet in nursing and hopefully get a job sooner than if I were to try and do my RN now. I just don't have the time or $$$ for RN school right now anyway. If in 3-4 years I start to feel like I want to advance my career, then I'll go back for my RN and move on to L & D. But who knows, I may end up being content with LVN and stick with it.
But the way I see it, either way we should just take the leap and just roll with the waves. The longer we debate it, is another day lost that we are not in school working toward being nurses! Take the plunge! The only thing holding me back right now is $$$ and it is ******* me off...I got laid off about 8 months ago and can't find work, so my nursing dreams are put on hold for right now, but I'm keeping positive thoughts for starting LVN school in 2013!
Good luck! Let me know what you end up deciding!