LPN over RN

  1. I'm just wondering why some of you chose the LPN route rather than the RN? I've been having a hard time deciding on one 100% but leaning more towards LPN. I start as a new CNA in January and will be taking some of my pre-requisites for nursing then also...currently doing phlebotomy certification...I have some time to make a decision I think...I'm 22 though and it took me this long to choose nursing Lol...but why LPN for some of you and not RN?
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  3. by   del28
    It often depends on what fits your needs. My sister became an LPN first because as a single mother, she needed to work. The LPN program was shorter and less demanding. She worked full time (nights) and did the program. She is now working as an LPN and making more money than her night job. She wants to keep this position for a while as LPN's often have more flexibility. RN's are often required to work 12 hour shifts, and the rotations of night and day shifts can change for many RN's, while my sister works mornings and is home when her kids get home from school. She plans to do the RN bridge in a few years, when her kids are older, and don't need a babysitter, etc.

    Although, my friend, who is a RN tells me that my sister could just make more money and have more opportunities out there...but for her it is about having more...while my sister is content that she is doing OK for now, and home more often to raise her kids.

    Which brings this conversation back to me...I'm kind of working this situation out as well. I am finishing my BA in psychology and planned to get masters in therapy. I am also a single mom of three boys, and I have been slowly going to school while working as a psychology technician. I love my job, and got the position the same month I started my BA...it's taken me six years and I have only a few credits remaining. But?? A couple years ago, I started having seizures. I was out of work for a while too, although I am back now. But my mind is working differently. I have to take the medicine every day, but I still have mini seizures through the night, if they raise the medicine, I can't work at all and the quality of life is well- zilch. And that big but?? Is that I just don't have the same memory or skill set. I work in a group home that also holds a clinic, so although we have a few new people every year, it is basically the same patients. And I forget their names and backgrounds. I have learned to set my day with a schedule upon arrival into work each day and using this schedule and my notes, I am fully functioning in my work- but as far as the therapy portion? One needs to remember vivid details, this means my plans are changing and I was looking into what I can do with my degree and still work in some kind of program. We often visit psych hospitals, and I see that the nurses are doing much of the hands on care, but also facilitating therapy groups. So, I really have been thinking of going into mental health nursing, but I am thinking it will be too demanding for my skill set- which can be learned and implemented, but is slower than before. I found LPN's often work in similar mental health settings, with less demands, and also I can work part time- if needed. That's really hard to find as an RN, unless you are earning much less per hour than a full time nurse- which is about equal to LPN anyways. I think this will fit my needs for now. If things improve, I can always take a bridge course for RN or even do that masters, but I need to plan for the future and worse case scenarios. (Also? My test scores have been suffering. When I started my BA, I even tested out of classes by just reading the course book first and aced the exams, so the LPN testing is less demanding and should be easier for me).

    So, that may be a different scenario than the average person, but if you have a demanding home life, or health issue, learning disability, or don't like high stress, etc. LPN may be the answer. However, if you have none of these and can handle the load? I would choose RN in a minute! (I originally wanted to be a doctor, so you can see my plans just go less- not that LPN is really less- I'm good with being an LPN...I just don't want to end up having a bunch of degrees and being a Walmart greeter the rest of my life!) Just kidding. I'd say take the practice test a few times and look at your personal goals- go the high road whenever you can! Good Luck!
  4. by   KayeC
    Thanks for the help...I appreciate it and good luck to you as well...wish you the best!
  5. by   beejay0829
    In 2014 my best friend and I decided it was time to go to nursing school. We had both been working as CNA's at the time at a skilled nursing facility. We got mixed reviews from coworkers on which path to take. LPN or RN. We did our reaserch and visited a few schools in the area. We weighed out the pros and cons to each type of program. I decided to go the LPN route. He decided to just go for the RN.

    I passed my NCLEX-PN in May of 2016 and got my first job in LTC 2 weeks later. I worked LTC for 10 months. I decided that LTC wasn't my cup of tea and wished I had just gone straight for my RN. I put my resume in indeed just to see what other options there were for me. I ended up landing a job doing pediatric home care for stable vent clients. I LOVE my job and I'm currently awaiting acceptance into an LPN-RN bridge program.

    My friend on the other hand is still at the local community college waiting for acceptance into the traditional RN program. I am not sure what his exact GPA is but I believe it's better than a 3.4. The 2 problem he is having are, 1 the volume of students trying to get into the program and 2 the changing requirements for acceptance. This spacific college has changed the requirements twice now.

    If we both stay on track we will end up graduating together since LPNs get to miss out on the first year of the RN program at this institution.

    Long story short i have been able to practice as a nurse for 19 months and making decent money and gaining experience while he is stuck waiting.

    If you can get right into an RN program that would be the road I would take. However a lot of LPN programs let you start right away without any prerequisites. These programs can be completed in 12-18 months. One downfall is they are expensive. My program was roughly $23,000.

    I am very happy that I chose to proceed with the LPN program. I am even more happy knowing there are more options out there than just LTC.

    Hope this helps.
  6. by   gingernursegirl
    I did LPN because my particular program is two semesters and had no pre-reqs so I could finish taking my pre-reqs while in the program (had physiology during the first semester and took pathophysiology over my summer break). I finish the LPN next week and got accepted directly into an LPN-RN bridge program that starts next month and is two semesters. For me, it made sense to do it this way because it's the same length (or shorter) than the local RN programs, and it allows me to work as an LPN. My LPN was extremely cheap as is the RN bridge program.
  7. by   gingernursegirl
    I will also add, I wasn't entirely sure on nursing but doing the LPN solidified that decision for me. It was an easy two semesters that at the end, if I wanted out, then I could be out. I didn't want to be locked into a 2+ year program for RN and drop out if I decided it wasn't for me and not have anything to show for it if that makes sense.
  8. by   del28
    Hello gingernursegirl, could you tell me what LPN program you are taking. I was leaning to LPN because of health issues, but also that it gives you a chance to work- but I would rather finish to become an RN, if it is possible for me. My sister is planning on the bridge program as her kids get older, as the course work is more challenging, and she doesn't have the time. I have most of the pre-reqs done, I only need a biology course and intro to nursing- as required by my community college, but I know some colleges have different requirements (I already have 6 credits of A&P, psychology, stats, comp I and II, etc) but? You seem to have found a great program- I'm very interested in a such a program and think it would be an easier transition for me...plus I'm out of grant money as I finish my BA, so cost-effective is a major plus! Thank you....
  9. by   imhorsemackerel
    I tried getting into RN programs, but no luck. All of the RN programs are quite competitive in my area. I just became an LPN this summer, and I just landed an LPN job in September. I'm also going to school for RN in January in the LPN-RN program. It's not the ideal route, but it's working for me.