LPN vs PCT?

  1. 0 Hi all! I need advice! I got offered a lpn/CNA job. So I will be mainly lpn but I may have to pick up a can Job to get my hours in an assisted living facility. Then I got offered a pct job at OSU medical center. I start my lpn to rn program in two weeks and will have my rn next may. Is it better to take the lpn job and get that experience or to get y foot in the door at a hospital so I can potentially get a rn job easier in a year?! Thanks all
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  3. Visit  tay321 profile page

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    tay321 has '2' year(s) of experience. From 'Columbus, OH, US'; Joined Jul '12; Posts: 19; Likes: 1.

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  4. Visit  CYoungLPN profile page
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    Quote from tay321
    Hi all! I need advice! I got offered a lpn/CNA job. So I will be mainly lpn but I may have to pick up a can Job to get my hours in an assisted living facility. Then I got offered a pct job at OSU medical center. I start my lpn to rn program in two weeks and will have my rn next may. Is it better to take the lpn job and get that experience or to get y foot in the door at a hospital so I can potentially get a rn job easier in a year?! Thanks all
    Umm well are u a LPN or a CNA? because its a big difference ive never heard of a Lpn/cna job I'm confused if u are a LPN why wouldn't u work as a nurse to gain experience as a nurse?
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  5. Visit  mvm2 profile page
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    Quote from CYoungLPN
    Umm well are u a LPN or a CNA? because its a big difference ive never heard of a Lpn/cna job I'm confused if u are a LPN why wouldn't u work as a nurse to gain experience as a nurse?
    I was thinking the exact same thing. If they are asking if a LPN wants to do a CNAs job then I can understand it. But a CNA can not do the things that a LPN is trained to do.
    wish_me_luck likes this.
  6. Visit  readyforachangenow profile page
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    Wouldn't you be held to your highest license? I must not be understanding correctly.
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  7. Visit  notyetnurse profile page
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    I would take the LPN job; it seems you'd be more likely to not need to get your foot in the door once you have the experience and LPN jobs are very hard to come by. Plus the pay will be better, the experience greater. IMHO.

    Heather
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  8. Visit  KRODD profile page
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    I personally would take the pct job being that your going for your RN, Acute Care experience goes along way.
  9. Visit  CYoungLPN profile page
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    Quote from KRODD
    I personally would take the pct job being that your going for your RN, Acute Care experience goes along way.
    But a Nurse is a nurse is a nurse I mean...how can working as an LPN NOT prepare u to be a RN I mean it's called LPN to RN bridge NOT PCT to RN
    & it's patient care tech not patient care tech NURSE

    Either way u'd be held to ur highest responsibility & if u have ur practical nurse license that's what u'd be responsible for...but I mean LPNs make way more the PCTs soooo...idk I'm confused how this isn't a no brainer
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  10. Visit  tbehlow profile page
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    My advice , is go for the experience as a LPN
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  11. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I would not voluntarily work as a PCT if I had an LPN license and a job offer as a licensed nurse at an assisted living facility.

    When I earned my LPN license, I wanted licensed nursing pay and licensed nursing experience, not tech pay and tech experience.
  12. Visit  LPNBearColumbus profile page
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    Take the LPN job. Unless your bridge program is a LPN to BSN program, you will probably not be able to get hired at OSU or any of the other big hospitals in Columbus with just a ADN. Most of them are magnet hospitals, and have only been hiring BSN grads. (If they hire new grads)

    The LPN job will give you actual hands on nursing experience.

    One other bit of advice, look for a job in LTC/SNF. They are still hiring LPNs, and most will consider new grads.
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  13. Visit  MedChica profile page
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    Quote from tay321
    Hi all! I need advice! I got offered a lpn/CNA job. So I will be mainly lpn but I may have to pick up a can Job to get my hours in an assisted living facility. Then I got offered a pct job at OSU medical center. I start my lpn to rn program in two weeks and will have my rn next may. Is it better to take the lpn job and get that experience or to get y foot in the door at a hospital so I can potentially get a rn job easier in a year?! Thanks all
    Sounds like a teaching hospital. So...are there any other students at the hospital? They'd have priority over you if a position did become available.
    I wouldn't throw away a year of nurse exp to work as an aide in pursuit of something that may not bear fruit.
    wish_me_luck likes this.
  14. Visit  AM326 profile page
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    I have never head of a LPN/CNA...they really are pretty different. I personally would again be held by your highest license and do the LPN. You are going for the bridge program for the RN...so the experience you gain as an LPN will favor you more than being a PCT in a hospital. Once you have the RN, hospitals will be all over you
    wish_me_luck likes this.


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