LVN school VS RN school

  1. Last semester I was in my first semester of nursing school. I got into a car accident and had to quit, so that means another three year wait list for me. In the meantime, I got accepted into a lvn school. Is there much difference between rn schooling or lvn schooling? When I was in the RN program, I felt that I was in another planet, I was so confused and stressed out. Do you think LVN school is more, not easier, but less intense? Also, is it true that you have to memorize a lot of meds more than nurses do? Thanks guys
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from erenteria
    Also, is it true that you have to memorize a lot of meds more than nurses do?
    I don't quite understand this particular sentence, so I just had to point it out. RNs and LVNs are both nurses in their own rights.
  4. by   MsLady06
    It depends on the individual...honestly everyone sees it differently. They are both hard and require your undivided attention.
  5. by   Coloradogrl
    Well it depends on where you go to school but most places you do the exact same school till the last 3 semesters.

    Also not to jump on you or anything but LPN's are nurses!
  6. by   ALF_LPN
    I went to a community college that has an LPN and RN program. All LPN and RN students complete the first year together. Then, all students have to decide if they want to exit as an LPN or stay in another 3 semesters to have an RN. Therefore, the first year was as challenging for RN students and LPN students equally. Nursing school is stressful, it causes you to question your abilities sometimes, however, at the same time, you find out things you never new about yourself. I found out who I was in nursing school. I exited as an LPN, I love my job, I may go back to get my RN sometime in the future, but right now, I am right where I want to be.

    An LPN works under the guidance of an RN, however where I work, an RN is only at the workplace 40 hours per week. LPNs and RNs do a lot of the same things, however where I live, LPNs can't start IVs (without completing a separate course), and they can't give medication through an IV. Most other things are the same, for example, administering medications, tube feedings, etc. Good luck and congrats on getting accepted into an LPN program!
    Last edit by ALF_LPN on Jan 2, '07 : Reason: addition
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Yes, I must echo the same, that both, RNs and LPNs are nurses. The programs are both challenging, so, you really have to give it your undivided attention.
  8. by   skittlebear
    Quote from erenteria
    Last semester I was in my first semester of nursing school. I got into a car accident and had to quit, so that means another three year wait list for me. In the meantime, I got accepted into a lvn school. Is there much difference between rn schooling or lvn schooling? When I was in the RN program, I felt that I was in another planet, I was so confused and stressed out. Do you think LVN school is more, not easier, but less intense? Also, is it true that you have to memorize a lot of meds more than nurses do? Thanks guys
    Both programs are challanging. Also, yes...LPNS are also nurses and we have to memorize a lot of meds!!!
  9. by   Soup Turtle
    I have a friend that just completed an LVN program and she said it was difficult and took up ALL of her time.

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