is the lpn program less hard/stressful than the ADN program?

  1. Honestly, I'm dumb. and I know I'll flunk the ADN program, so I was wondering if the LPN would be less difficult. I KNOW I want to be a nurse more than anything!
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  3. by   pookyp
    Don't say you're dumb!

    It's really no different. If anything the LPN is harder since you have to cram in so much info in such little time. At least that's what I've heard.
  4. by   CT Pixie
    First let me say, please don't call yourself dumb! I'm sure you are a bright person.

    I am currently an LPN who is doing the LPN to RN bridge. My state sees the LPN program as comparable to the first year of nursing classes for an ADN program and grants LPN the credits for the first year of nursing classes if they bridge to RN.

    That being said, if the State believes that the content of the entire LPN program is equal to the first year of an ADN program, if you feel you are too 'dumb' to get through the ADN program, the LPN program won't be any easier.

    Please, don't call yourself names. Having negative self-esteem will only sabbatoge you. If you believe you are too 'dumb' to do it, you will make it a self-fullfilling prophecy! While neither the LPN nor RN classes are easy by any means, they are not so outrageously difficult that only people with genious IQ's will pass.
  5. by   eklecticsol
    never speak neg about yourself... words are power!!! the lpn is condensed into 1 yr equal toyour first yr of adn... lpn is lots of clinical and application 60%, theory makes up 40%, adn isthe other way around... depends on what you feel you are stronger in easy?? not hardly!!! id suggest go talk to a adn program rep as well as lpn rep. ask lots of question!!!
  6. by   cdsmom
    I am very intelligent and already have a BA. I am part-way through the 1st semester and am probably going to drop. There is more to it, but it is definitely not an easy program.
  7. by   mzrainydayz
    NEVER call yourself dumb. From my own personal experience I can say it is about the same at my school. Three years ago I was in the the LPN program, fundamentals of nursing the entire book was crammed into six weeks, I failed by one point and couldn't move on to med surg 1. I finally got in to the ADN program this year/semester, and it is still hard. The nursing exams are still hard. I do find that the nursing content of the ADN program at my school is more in depth than the LPN program. Either direction you choose, it's not going to be a walk in the park. Always stay positive and never downgrade yourself.
  8. by   SushiJoe
    LESS? Most people I've spoken to about the difference say that it is harder, because ADN programs go much slower and have less clinical time, generally
  9. by   ashevilleboxer
    A little less information to learn yes, less difficult depends on the individual, but overall still a lot to process. You have to be focused and not go in under the assumption that less difficulty equals completing the program.
  10. by   lovedijah
    I think it's all how you look at it.

    Is my LPN program hard? Yes. My average is a low B.

    At the same time, I don't think that means I couldn't pass a BSN or an ADN program. I would do what I'm doing now. Study the material and try to make sense of it- it'd just be different material. I don't know. Hard question to answer.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    I am an RN who worked as an LVN for 4 years, so I have completed both types of educational programs (LPN and RN).

    In my honest opinion, the LVN program was more difficult, faster-paced, and contained more busy work than the RN bridge program that I attended. You might be in for a rude awakening if you want to enroll in the LPN program because you think it is 'easier' or settling for less. You will work your buns off...
  12. by   MCRMS
    My LPN program was very difficult and a lot of people didn't make it all the way through. I will be starting the bridge program in January and I'm hoping it want be as intense as the LPN was...but I'll have to get back to you on that. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses...things we're good at and things we're not. Use your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses. But I've found that it really is all about determination.
  13. by   RNam
    I graduated as an LPN 7.5 yrs ago & now completing the RN program. I feel like they are both vey hard & a lot of work. I have only seen a few things so far that seemed "more in depth" compared to my LPN program. I actually feel like the LPN program was harder b/c we had more class & clinical time with the same amount of book work all crammed into a shorter program. Both require some real determination & a lot of work. And in both programs, we lost over half of the people who started, so definately NOT easy.
  14. by   RNmem
    I have been an LPN for 3.5 yrs and I am now completing my ASN, graduating in December (yay for me!!) I can truly say that both have been extremely hard and both have taken total dedication to complete. In LPN school we completed Med-Surg, A&P, nutrition, Maternity and Pediatrics & Psych and I mean we completed whole text books, all in 12 months. It was a grueling Mon- Fri 8-2:30 schedule. As a RN student we cover the same systems but in more depth, covering more disease processes, assessments, interventions and rationales. The roles of the RN and LPN are slightly different and so the focus of study is different. Neither is harder than the other, they are just different. I chose to complete LPN school first because I needed to start working sooner and there were no pre required courses to take before starting the program. After I graduated from LPN school, I worked for 2 years while taking courses toward my Associated degree.

    Don't call yourself dumb, at least you are smart enough to come to a site like this to get information before just striking out. My LPN instructor used to always say that sometimes the profession of nursing seems to attract those with low self esteem, and that it was her job to show us we were smart and that our voices matter. So maybe nursing is a great career choice for you to join and realize that you are smart and you Matter!!!!