New Student, Not Sure Which Route to go?!?! - page 3

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... Read More

  1. by   missna4u
    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.
  2. by   Sunchine123!
    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
  3. by   KimberlyRN89
    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
  4. by   loriangel14
    OP why do you think you can't start off by getting your RN? You don't need to be an LPN first.
  5. by   LJ85
    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!
  6. by   Sunchine123!
    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 $$
  7. by   LJ85
    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
  8. by   caliotter3
    If you want to work in a hospital setting, your best bet to be competitive for hospital jobs, is to get an RN license, preferably from a BSN program.
  9. by   Dynesha_
    I'm in lvn school right now and I love it. I feel like I'm receiving more experience by taking this route.

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