LPN or RN - NOT a challenge, just a question! - page 2

I have once again run into a problem with my school. I am supposed to attend a community college this fall to take a couple of prereq's I have left before applying to an RN program at my university.... Read More

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    I think it depends what kind of LPN to RN "bridge program" you have in your area. Around here, we have a bridge program that's part time, but lasts 2 years, and bridge programs that are full time but last only 3 quarters. Look in to that before deciding because I would hate to see you spend all that time going through a LPN program and comes time for your RN, you find out it's going to be another 2 years, not just 3 quarters.

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    that's a good point superman ! a person should know upfront. i've found that different schools require different prereq's and not all criteria is the same.

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    If you aren't able to go for RN now, but are able to go for LPN you should. You will still be a licensed nurse and it will be sooner. If you don't go for LPN what will you be doing? I was faced with a similar situation in the fact that I started my pre-reqs in 2000 and then stopped. My school has a waiting list, so I thought I would have to wait to get back into the program for RN. I was going to go the LPN route, then LPN-RN for the above reasons. I lucked out though and don't have to be on the waiting list, so will be going for RN. But like I said, you'll still be a licensed nurse in a yr.
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    Most of the LPN that I know are always looking to go back, but rarely do they. This is due to the "golden Handcuffs" theory. The theory states that once make a set amount of money that is beyond your current standing that you are locked into that because you cannot go beyond that set amount. I know that going and having a family is tough, but the RN is worth the pain. Once you are an RN, the road is more open, with an LPN you are always looking for that title. I think that you need to due what is best for your life and family, but if all the odds are even, go get the RN. May the Force be With You...
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    The good thing is once you are an LPN you can do LPN to RN online if it fits your lifestyle better; whatever you feel is best for you, go for it
    Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 5, '12 : Reason: TOS/txt speak
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    Go for the RN route! I'm kicking myself that I didn't! It only seems like a faster route, in the end, you will be getting half the pay for the same work and really, really stuck! Also, your LPN experience is not factored in to many employers, and you will be a "new grad" regardless of your experience.
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    I think you need to find out before making the final decision.

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