New Student, Not Sure Which Route to go?!?! - page 2

by Sunchine123! | 2,706 Views | 21 Comments

Okay so here's the deal......I am soooo confused & getting lots of different answers from schools, people, etc. So I am here to get an answer from people who do the job. CAN an LVN work in a hospital??? I am wanting to get into... Read More


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    congrats on deciding to join the healthcare field. here's my opinion. i think you should go straight to adn program. you are still going to be trained no matter what. if your truly ready go for it. if not start off as an lpn. i was a pca for 7 years at that time i never wanted to be a nurse. if i could turn back the hands of time i would of went to school to be an rn. i enjoyed being a pca because you are the eyes and ears for your nurse. however it's 2 very diffrent roles of patient care. cna's & pca's do more of the assiting with daily living activties for instance bathing, tolieting, feeding, yes you do vitals and accuchecks, and phelobotomy as well but that's about it besides listening to stories of your patients lives and putting smiles on their faces. nurses deal with dr.'s meds, charting and assessments, family calling checking on love ones, as well as some patient care ( referring to adl's) yet rn's lpn's are still hands on. i say start off as an lpn if not rn. i live in florida and the rn's here south florida get paid a good amount of money. at the hospital i worked at for 7 years they phased out the lpn's. most of them went back to school to get an rn license others became patient liasons or pca's (yep) the ones who became patient liasons or pca's had no confidence in going back to school. most of these ladies worked at this hosptial for 20 years or more. i guess you have to research your area to see who is hiring for lpn how much they get paid, and is it worth the time. same for adn program but you will come out better in that program. that's just my opinion. god bless[/i][/size]
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 7, '12
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    Though I agree with the above posters, the lpn to rn to BSN bridge seems like a good choice if you don't mind gaining lots of different experiences before getting to your dream job.
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    Thank you guys for your help!! I have a lot of thinking to do this weekend!! LOL The school told me the do clincals in hospitals as well as nursing homes/ltc so I'm hoping between that & my volunteering sharp, I'll be able to land of hospital job one of these days,
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 7, '12
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    Quote from garnetgirl29
    In North Carolina, hospitals do not hire LPN's. Although, I did see a job listing for an LPN in the outpatient services at a nearby hospital & there is another one that hires LPN's as surgical techs. Nursing homes pay the best, but LPN's also work in doctor's offices, urgent care, flu clinics, etc. Start searching job listings in your area to see what prospcts are out there.
    Well I know CMC and Presby(Charlotte and surrounding areas) hires LPN. At CMC, they're called clinical assistants.
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    One more thing, I was told that once I do 1/2 of the LVN that I'd be eligible to take the exam to get CNA, so if that is true that'd be great so I can get a job as CNA before I graduate w/LVN
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    Quote from CaLi19GyRL
    One more thing, I was told that once I do 1/2 of the LVN that I'd be eligible to take the exam to get CNA, so if that is true that'd be great so I can get a job as CNA before I graduate w/LVN
    Yeah that's a great way to get experience while in school & it might help if you get with a facility that will give you a position once you finish school & pass the NCLEX
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    OP why do you think you can't start off by getting your RN? You don't need to be an LPN first.
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    I live in NJ and I graduated as an LPN 4 years ago. There is no opportunity as far as I know of in my area to work in a hospital. I am currently back in college trying to get my RN for this reason, unfair, but true. I want to work in ICU so I guess I'll have to get my RN to do it, and nowadays you'll need a BSN to be competitive!
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    It's b/c all the schools here have crazy waiting lists and are very expensive, and take a while. I am in a program where they have a grant and helping me pay for school, and it is on a time limit, so sadly I don't have time. Soooo that's why I was thinking LVN so I can do a bridge program later on, once I save up $$
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    That's what I did, I think you get better experience and more bedside hands on care as an LPN starting out which helps you in school for RN
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 7, '12


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