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

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    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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    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.
    ASPIRING2BGREAT and RNam like this.
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    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.
    SquishyRN, pnut8377, Nathifalr26, and 2 others like this.
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    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!!!
    Nathifalr26 likes this.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
    cdsmom likes this.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
    mamamcwhorter, Kandy83, prettymica, and 1 other like this.


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